Sunday, March 19, 2017

Thousands of soldiers quit the army as morale hits historic low

MORE than 15,000 soldiers quit the British Army last year as commanders struggled against falling morale.

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The shocking figure represents almost one in five of the 83,340 soldiers serving and is thought to be the greatest single fall in 20 years.
According to official Ministry of Defence figures only 1,759 of the 15,325 regular troops to have left in the year leading to November did so because their time was up.
Nearly half – 7,439 – quit early, exceeding the 7,260 who left the Armed Forces during the previous year. There are now concerns that worsening conditions and a lack of “operational tempo” is failing to keep soldiers motivated. 
Michael Fallon, defence secretary
The UK army has seen nearly 20 per cent of serving soldiers leave the army in the past year

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The situation was exacerbated by 3,325 who were sacked on disciplinary grounds. A further 2,337 were “medically discharged”.
Former defence minister Sir Gerald Howarth MP said: “There is little doubt morale is under enormous pressure. Soldiers are concerned about the Future Accommodation Model, which may see them forced to rent or buy properties when what families actually want is to live in an Army environment.
“Particularly concerning is the effect of ‘historic war crime’ allegations. There is an increasing feeling that soldiers or veterans who find themselves arraigned for doing what they thought was right for their country are pretty much on their own. 
Soldiers march around parliamentGETTY
The situation was worsened by thousands of soldiers sacked for disciplinary reasons
“Veterans who are now pensioners are waking up to allegations over events in Northern Ireland 45 years ago.”
While they may be recruiting, there is a serious retention issue
Col Richard Kemp
Andy Smith, of the UK National Defence Agency, said repeated annual cuts have taken away any feeling of job security: “This reinforces what we have been saying for a long time – people in the Services have no confidence in the Government’s commitment to defence.
“Any sense of certainty about the future has been taken away in a 10-year period which saw the defence budget shrink and annual reductions to the size and resources of the Armed Forces.”
Last night an MoD spokesman said: “The Army has enough people to perform all of its tasks to keep Britain safe and continues to offer exciting opportunities that inspire the best of our young people. We’ve seen an increase in recruitment over the last year and we expect this trend to continue.” 
But this was rejected by Col Richard Kemp, who commanded British forces in Afghanistan.
“By its own admission the Army is 3,000 troops down,” he said.
“These latest figures show that while they may be recruiting, there is a serious retention issue. We have witnessed an erosion of service benefits, legal vendettas and, since the withdrawal from Afghanistan, a lack of operational tempo.”
British tank
The news comes as the UK prepares to deploy 800 troops to Estonia with Nato
Meanwhile, more than 800 UK troops are set to deploy to Estonia with Nato as part of one of the biggest British deployments to Eastern Europe in decades.
Speaking to the Sunday Express last night defence secretary Michael Fallon said: “I’m proud that the UK is leading the Estonian battle group and providing vital reassurance to a key Nato partner in the face of Russian aggression.” 


Anonymous said...

Michael Fallon said: “I’m proud that the UK is leading the Estonian battle group and providing vital reassurance to a key Nato partner in the face of Russian aggression.”

Russian aggression? What Russian aggression? Why the ongoing drumbeat about "Russian aggression" from the media, especially the 'B'BC, and the Government, particularly when it disregards the background of Victoria 'transition' "Nuland" and Ukraine? Is "Russian aggression" just distraction from the next phase of the creation-destruction cycle? Continuing "austerity", but nothing much left unmortgaged to furnish collateral for new borrowings needed to create fresh debt-money?

"There has to be war to make the usury system work. The lack of money to carry on business will cause the misery of the people to be intense. The government will NOT print money to relieve the suffering. The only way they will allow it to come into existence is for it to be borrowed into existence from the banks of the Federal Reserve System and their sister usury banking systems throughout the world. It can be borrowed into existence faster if the government is made to borrow money to buy an expensive airplane (costing 50 million dollars each), than if the government has to go to the trouble of contracting for 1,000 - $50,000 houses one at a time. Then too, the plane will be obsolete in five years and will have to be re-ordered, a never ending source of business. The cheaper houses will be around for a long time...." ---RICHARD KELLY HOSKINS

And, incidentally, does "Russian aggression" still count, post-Soviet Union, for anything beyond a headline? Even if the UK were invaded by Russia, would the majority population be worse off under a regime of similar race that might not actually be minded to genocide them, unlike the present... incumbents....?

Anonymous said...

Why Is South Africa Being Stirred Up?

Anonymous said...

Tony Blair launches pushback against 'frightening populism'

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Anonymous said...

Award-winning former BBC producer, 42, appears in court accused of possessing 1.5 gallons of gay ‘chemsex’ drug with intent to supply

Alexander Parkin, 42, accused of possessing 1.5 gallons of 'chemsex' drug
He was allegedly found with Class C drug by police while sat in a Volvo
The drug, gamma-butyrolactone, can raise heart rate to dangerous levels
He denies possession of a Class C drug with intent to supply and was bailed

Anonymous said...

John Humphrys STUNNED as Blair urges Brits to 'draw INSPIRATION' from Martin McGuinness
JOHN Humphrys was left stunned as Tony Blair said Britain should “draw inspiration” from the life of former IRA leader Martin McGuinness.

Anonymous said...

War crimes witch-hunt lawyer pretended he was ill in an attempt to avoid the tribunal that struck him off for hounding troops

Phil Shiner pretended he was ill in an attempt to avoid tribunal that struck him off
Birmingham lawyer made a career out of pursuing claims of war crimes in Iraq
Shiner's firm made more than £1.6million pursuing unfounded murder claims
Shiner's firm, Public Interest Lawyers, made millions as veterans were smeared
He has declared himself bankrupt which will make it harder to recover costs.

Anonymous said...

The British Deep State’s Pawn in Syria.

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