The Army is on course to hit recruitment target as the number of applications rise. Note how your post of 15:59 and mine of 16:30 are in line because they are both replies to Mark’s post at 15:43. From kenya, Join the army then in 20 or 30 years time get prosecuted for doing the job the government sent you to do that’s why no ones joining why would you, This article only references recruitment with no mention of retention. The recruiting problem more a case of unemployment being low combined with Capita not being very good, to put it mildly. As for kit…if UK firms cant deliver on time.. on spec And on budget we should shop elsewhere. Why is British Army recruiting in such a bad state? You could command a Transport Regiment” or “Scared of heights? Then… Read more », I think you do a dis-service to the armed forces’ personnel and frankly you’re drawing extrapolations about me on the basis of a very limited snapshot of my thinking. This is how they operate – starve whatever dept of funds. “Join the army and see Estonia” just isn’t going to cut it. There is no mention of Parliament. The new British army recruiting campaign advertisements have caused a bit of a kerfuffle. The Milky Way may be full of dead aliens who were 'annihilated' by their own science and technologies, study... Day by dramatic day, how Brexit history was made: From David Cameron's gamble to Boris Johnson's big deal, a... SIMON WALTERS: Keir Starmer may be key to slaying the Spartans in the ERG, ALEX BRUMMER: Champagne is at the ready in City beset by troubles, Let's leave this culture war, it's time to move on, writes former MEP DANIEL HANNAN. Seven weeks. I’m also aware this is a very subjective matter and the British Army allowing coeliacs to serve isn’t going to affect the… Read more », Wish i could join british army if its open to all Commonwealth citizens! Its disheartening for a lad who has wanted to join the army since he was a small kid. Army recruitment is highest in recent years. And let’s say we paid them a basic of £50k, gave them decent accommodation (single hotel style rooms for single chaps with cleaners, yes, cleaners), do away with some of the more dated aspect of service life but emphasis some of the aspects that Whitehall and socialist PC thinking have trampled upon decent facilities on base, decent equipment, and didn’t indulge in futile conflicts… Read more », Recruitment might not be but then you’re forking out masses of cash for cleaners and plush rooms, which is frivolous to say the least. There has been lots of research to indicate being Ceoliac isn’t a disability as, if you’re on a GF diet, your body is functioning perfectly normally. The army has admitted its own part in this abject failure, with Chief of the General Staff General Sir Nick Carter recently telling MPs on the House of Commons Select Defence Committee that the MoD had made three or four big errors when awarding the contract to Capita. You join all the other branches if you want to be the best, work on the coolest stuff, develop yourself and do the end of end of jobs for the military fight for your country. Figures analysed by The Register show that the unit seems to have greater difficulty recruiting part-timers from the civilian world than it does in recruiting and keeping full-time soldiers.. There were more than 2,580 fewer soldiers in infantry regiments than five years ago, Ministry of Defence figures show. But the one most important one ( i feel personally) is the failure of our recent govts to protect the soldiers from…well the govt. This all started in October. Millennials and Generation Z being put together is akin to putting Carl Marx and Ronald Reagan in the same bracket, and for someone charged with wooing those groups into the army to think they are in any way similar shows they are totally ill suited to the job they have been given. Recruitment was never the goal – it was lining the pockets of shareholders – which it has done very nicely. Angela Merkel pulls strings at 11th hour to avoid No Deal...... STEPHEN GLOVER: Brexit has cost four Tory Premiers their jobs... but at long last, a sigh of relief. I’m 17 and am devastated I’m not allowed to join the army because I have an autoimmune disease meaning all I require is gluten-free food. Well, first of all, the solution will not be found in the current British army Twitter account (@BritishArmy) pumping out ad nauseam its current default message; “Our greatest asset is our people – the finest men and women our great nation has to offer”. But no doubt others will have much better ideas than mine. I’m not aware that it’s been on for ages, which is a shame as I’d like to watch it again….. You can get the series on DVD. Look at what happened to a few unfortunate Paras that were sent to Belfast 60 years ago. It would also cut the infantry by more than half. And 50k for a squaddie is insane. Responsibility for this was outsourced to “leading provider of technology enabled business services” company Capita in 2012, and delivery of outcomes have been, so far, underwhelming to say the least. There have also been problems with retention of personnel, with under-employed soldiers having to carry out repetitive training exercises just to keep busy. Personally, I thought that going to remove Saddam, while he was trying to re-tool, was a good idea but the devious and frankly underhanded way Blair justified the intervention… Read more ». The food is utter gash. Britain's armed forces are "hollowing out" due to low recruitment levels, according to a new report by a Conservative MP. Something on the demographic that these ill-judged adverts are aiming at. The reality in the forces is that most are not aware of such things and follow orders blindly. Glad you did not join to be fair, I take it you were thinking to go in a a REME Officer? We didn’t hang the Nazi commanders at Nuremburg because they were merely following orders but because they were following orders they knew to be wrong. Trust is developed day to day, not instantaneously, and while their are occasions where the envelope has been pushed, no circumstance I have had, or my peers have had, that we operated beyond training or experience. I was also in the Army. If you are knowingly entering into an illegal war then you are guilty of treason. From all the military adds you learn to join the army if you feel unhappy, have low self confidence and struggle to fit in. The British Army’s latest recruitment campaign has been questioned by many for its clear targeting of millennials in order to bolster its numbers. Based on your comment about politics I just double checked my Oath of Allegiance. Looking for a job in the Army? Why is British Army recruiting in such a bad state? The British Army does not have enough new soldiers signing up, because of 'significant problems' with a £500 partnership project which saw recruitment privatised. British Army CRIPPLED by recruitment problems as private firm Capita comes under fire BRITISH Army outsourcing firm Capita is crippling the military by missing targets by 30 percent - … The NHS is receiving an extra 20 billion over the next few years ( without any significant reform) with NHS… Read more ». Many moons ago when I joined the RN, I failed the initial artificer exam, however a big friendly Chief put his arm around me and said ‘ Now son, let’s see what we can find for you’ , I never looked back. What I would like to see is a positive approach which majors on encouraging people to exceed their own expectations of themselves, to surprise themselves at what they can become. The NAAFI bars are almost all gone so people dont mix after work when living in the blocks. If you talk to people who are wanting to go into the Army, the most common way they describe it is shambolic and chaotic.’. We all have an opinion on what… Read more », Totally agree:” I can assure you we are not automatons, and have our own opinion and thoughts.” Totally agree:”once you have been given a mission/task then that mission and task is the main effort. increase defence spending to 3% of GDP and ringfence it to ensure stability moving forward. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has labelled the Army's recruitment process "unacceptable" after it was revealed applications take an average of 300 days to be completed. Again and again we read of poorly equipped soldiers for a start . Experts have cited various factors for recruitment difficulties, including low unemployment in Britain in recent years and the absence of any major conflicts involving the Army. No one is neutral. Fair enough though, the problem did come back and now it’s been replaced with an artificial hip. I'm obviously not the only one who thinks Camilla looks sexy in denim, writes LIZ JONES. You spend a hell of alot of time away from home which wouldn’t be as bad if the jobs weren’t a complete farce, whilst getting paid not nearly enough… Read more », I understand your view on this topic. I’d still give whatever I could to join up if I could. The major issue in demographics and ethnicity were in the major cities and conurbations BAME candidates eligible age groups account for more than 50% of the population, and many of these groups have zero interest in military careers. It made many troops bitter, and they got out whether hey had to or not. So what has Britain bartered out of Barnier? Touching on the comment of following orders without question still stands as a concern. ‘My grandad joined, my dad joined so did I’. What “incessant repeats” of It Ain’t Half Hot Mum? Its a total nightmare involving 7 different steps, multiple interviews 2 physicals. That alone should tell you why this, and previous ad campaigns, have failed so badly. Applications to join are at a five-year high, with around 77,000 applications to join as a regular soldier alone in 2018-19.’, A Capita spokesperson said: 'The partnership is in the middle of a well-publicised re-set, which started last year but is already seeing excellent results. I think the head of the British army has gone on record as saying one of the biggest errors was to remove the recruiting sgt from the high street offices. I applied to join the London Regiment last year and spent four very happy months training with the lads and lassies in Westminster. If I was replying to you my comment would have been under yours and indented. Some officials have criticised the ten-year contract the Ministry of Defence signed with Capita in 2012. Needless to say i have watched the “changing face” of the army since he left and to be honest its not a pretty sight. The campaign is part of the ‘ This is Belonging ’ series, which previously stirred rampant criticism across the country for veering to a ‘softer,’ politically-correct composition in 2017. The Army was fine, well, okay until 2010 and Cameron-Osbourne reduction, err, review. Equipment is generally the best outside the US military, but not enough. that makes young men want to join the Army or Navy, not some politically correct nonsense, recruitment adverts have to reflect that. And as for the new ‘snowflake’ friendly recruiting campaign? Out of the 7 years i spent in secondary school and sixform, we studied WW1 literature in English in all but three of those years. To quote the popular military blog ThinkDefence; “If we look back, the decades have rolled by, replacement programmes have come and gone, wars have been fought, money spent and the UK armoured vehicle industry decimated, but the British army’s aspiration for a medium weight capability remains unfulfilled.”. Website admin will know that you reported it. What would happen if you liked one PM then didn’t like the next, and their overseas policies? T he British armed forces now have a retention crisis rather than a recruitment crisis, new figures suggest, as modern soldiers are no longer willing to move around the world. There have been major difficulties with the company’s online application process leading to long delays between initial application and entry to training. But if you have the skills and personality to do one of the large number of roles that are shot of people you should be able to get in. The underlying theme might be, I suggest, that no matter your background the army will help you get to where you aspire if you want it badly enough. The Ministry of Defence (MoD)'s revealed the figures which relate to the first quarter of the year. You can flag a comment by clicking its flag icon. This article was submitted by Stuart Crawford, a regular officer in the Royal Tank Regiment for twenty years… exposure to the realities of aggression & war are so so much easier to gain now via the obvious ( only this morning I got some black & white night sight aerial footage of an Apache helicopter blitzing some unknown unfortunates in a convoy and then peppering them to death as they fled their burning vehicles sent via WhatsApp plus the very very explicit & gruesome pictures I also revived via the same mode of social media of that Iranian generals charred remains ) ways – this alone would put a… Read more ». Both times the prgress simply took to long and i either lost interest or had to move on. Why would anybody join now? Social Media and Comment Moderation Policy, Common myths about shipbuilding in Scotland, The danger of politicising military shipbuilding in Scotland, Airpower by novel means – Drones over Nagorno-Karabakh, Britain’s stealthy hunter-killer submarine – The Astute class. All branches are short of people in lots of trades. Harry and Meghan release their first Christmas card since relocating to America... Is Whitehall hiring ANOTHER pal of Carrie Symonds? Seemed so much easier only a few years ago. Capita, Sodexo, ISS…just to mention a few the list goes on . It’s in a bad state because of all the Russian and left wing trolls every day had mouthing our forces and stopping ppl joining its working well. There are some It Ain’t Half Hot Mum episodes on YT you can sample before getting the DVD’s. You might be just the person we're looking for. They should be able to enjoy their… Read more ». Didn’t try the Army but when i looked at joining the RN at 18 there was a 2 year waiting list for the job role i was wanting, so i didn’t bother. But plush hotel style rooms and cleaning service doesn’t prepare squadrons for the much more basic conditions they’d be living in when deployed… Read more », The vast majority of barracks now are single rooms for the lads, with wet room shower, grouped in fours with an entrance door onto the stairsure there is still crap accom out there, but it is, or was, being addressed. Crawford now works as a political, media, and defence and security consultant in Edinburgh and is a regular commentator and contributor on military and defence topics in online and other media, including the UK Defence Journal. I take anything that may have offended you back. You could become an SF HALO parachutist”, alongside the message that the British Army will show you how. Nine of the 16 infantry regiments are operating a fifth or more below the number of personnel needed – and four are operating at a quarter or more below their strength. The army adverts are just total rubbish, why would i want to join that branch. © 2014-2019 UK Defence Journal, all rights reserved. However, this innovative approach which features a series of posters and supporting videos is another sign that recruitment to the British Army still faces big challenges to reach its targets. Quickly find out if you can join the Army before starting the recruitment process. I don’t know of a Military in the West that doesn’t have single rooms in their Barracks. Meanwhile, the Commons public accounts committee said in March that the Capita contract had ‘failed dismally’. Descent rates of pay and good living conditions. It’s getting people talking about the army, something that doesn’t happen very much at the moment. Stalin had a kill ratio of at least 10-1 in his favour over Hitler and had already slaughtered more than Hitler before even came to power. Surprised to hear some new recruits failed medical but because of someone they knew in the rectuitment process they were given another chance.How is that fair on others that were sent home, Yes a lot of it is down to problems with their advertising and obviously by some comments the website itself.I have never served but my husband has. It’s all good and well talking about recruiting numbers but once those men and women get in the Army and see how everyone is depressed and fed up with the uncertainty, the terrible family life, constant pointless deployments with no operational pay and general pathetic management of the Army, do you think they will stay in? Capita 'Failing To Bring In Army Recruits' Following yesterday's announcement that Capita had failed to bring in fewer than one in 10 of the recruits that the Army needed, we've reached out to find out why you think people aren't signing up. It’s starting the bleeding obvious really…. “There’s no such thing as bad publicity” comes to mind. Matt Hancock plunges millions more Brits into Tier 4, Fatal accident kills one and injures more at San Ysidro border crossing, Gorka cuts off MyPillow Guy's election conspiracy theories, 'I'm kicking myself!' I understand if a soldier has committed a crime then by all… Read more ». I don’t think necessarily that restoring the recruiting offices would be the answer to the maiden’s prayer but it would at least be a start and a sign of future intent. That they are seen, rightly or wrongly, as being progressive, expanding organisations with real operational business do... Makes young men want to join up if I could armor, on and on troops then... 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