Over the past 12 months only 8000 people signed up to join the armed forces despite 100,000 people initially applying. This equates to fewer than 8% of applicants to join the Army actually going on and becoming soldiers. Recruits had waits of an average of 300 days between applying and joining, resulting in many application withdrawals before their applications were even processed.
SAS veteran Andy McNab has branded military recruitment ‘absolute madness, and a faceless bureaucratic nightmare’ as so many were put off by the delays in their applications. He believes that the Army and Capita have turned recruitment into a faceless, bureaucratic nightmare. The Army is in crisis, and it isn’t because nobody wants in.
This comes after MPs criticized the Armed Forces £1.3billion recruitment strategy, claiming that our Services are facing a ‘manpower crisis’.
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