Army recruitment crisis leaves frontline units up to 40 per cent below full strength


THE Army faces a recruitment crisis as figures reveal frontline combat units are operating at up to 40 per cent below strength.

The number of soldiers who are part of infantry regiments has declined over the past five years, the Ministry of Defence data shows.


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At the start of 2015, there were 15,880, which was just six per cent lower than the 16,847 required.

This year there were 13,300 — 20 per cent below the target of 15,940.

And the Scots Guards regiment, reportedly the worst affected, is said to be around 40 per cent below its target strength of 697.

Out­sourcing firm Capita signed a contract with the MoD to manage Armed Forces recruitment in 2012.

An Army spokesperson told The Sun: “Applications to join the Army are at a five-year high, with around 77,000 applications to join as a regular soldier alone in financial year 2018/19.

“We have also increased the enlistment-to-conversion rate from one in ten to one in eight.

“We are fully committed to improving our recruitment process and we are working with Capita to address remaining challenges.”

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