The comments below have not been moderated. People would sign up in droves but we’d have a small number of overpaid, pampered students, in essence. Its should never have been farmed out to Capita, they need to go back to basics of recruiting with recruitment officers run by the army staffed by ex army who can give a proper over view of what the army can do for you. 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. 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. I was replying to Mark. The Royal Navy has made much of its new aircraft carriers, and it and the RAF have exploited the PR value of the introduction of the F-35B fast jets. Recruitment was never the goal – it was lining the pockets of shareholders – which it has done very nicely. She said: ‘Several of his Conservative predecessors have talked a good game, but all have failed to turn this shocking trend around. I found the processes wasn’t as bad as its generally made out although in my case the recruiting Sergeant spent a good deal of time badgering Capita on the recruits behalf. 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. Our FAQ section will help you to figure out if you're suitable for a career in the Army. I’ve had occasion in recent weeks to try to open another bank account with a supposed leading company whilst rearranging my mortgage with another. It isn’t recruitment but the whole structure of the forces that is wrong. What would happen if you were given an order that didnt sit right with you with your rather civvy oreineted though process? 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. The National Audit Office found in December that Capita had consistently missed the Army’s recruitment targets, with a shortfall of 21 per cent to 45 per cent each year. Its a total nightmare involving 7 different steps, multiple interviews 2 physicals. Applicants had difficulties using the online system and Capita staff faced problems … 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 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. The recruiting problem more a case of unemployment being low combined with Capita not being very good, to put it mildly. The BBC won’t show it because it is incompatible with modern values. However, all 16 regular regiments have shortfalls, the Guardian reported. Touching on the comment of following orders without question still stands as a concern. You might already have it” advert. Cops swoop on gathering with more than 60 people, Tragic moment woman is swept away by flood waters in Brazil, Armed police arrest 'man carrying weapons' in Park Royal, 'Deepfake' version of Queen for alternative Christmas message, Chaos in Dover as thousands of lorries fill motorway and laybys, 800 hot meals for stranded Kent truck drivers get police escort. Then Tony Blair decided he wanted to go to war. Like any job application process it requires perseverance and I still find myself thinking that I would give pretty much anything to… Read more ». That doesn’t fix Army recruiting though , Applied to join the army twice, first was as an apprentice and second was as a reservist when i started uni. If its supporting unit, F company, is removed from the figures, the shortfall increases to 42 per cent. Admins may or may not choose to remove the comment or block the author. 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 ». No one is neutral. But then again I’m not a millennial or of Generation Z – thank goodness – so I’m hardly the best judge. 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. Keeping recruits is a problem shared across the entire armed forces - with more people leaving (14,880) than joining (13,520) in 2018. The Army was fine, well, okay until 2010 and Cameron-Osbourne reduction, err, review. Now, I’m not asking the army to change its entry requirements/ medical requirements as, after my Dad serving, I’m fully aware there’s a good reason for that. 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. The Ministry of Defence (MoD)'s revealed the figures which relate to the first quarter of the year. There is a current personnel deficit of 6.6% in full-time trained personnel across the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, with this deficit being higher in the Army at 7.5%. That’s not to denigrate mental health problems, but these were cases where, for example, someone was on medication for anxiety when they were 12 and not since then. 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. The NAAFI bars are almost all gone so people dont mix after work when living in the blocks. The British Army came into being with the unification of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland into the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. Holly Aird looking very cute in her RMP uniform. But before we get to your answers, lets recap on the latest figures. The British Army’s latest recruitment campaign has been questioned by many for its clear targeting of millennials in order to bolster its numbers. 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. 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. True, it is the promise of adventure/excitement (shooting guns, travelling the World, etc.) Thought experiment: Imagine if we had an infantry force of say 12,000 (12 large battalions similar to the German model) instead of 30,000. The British Army has recently launched a recruitment campaign aimed primarily at attracting new personnel into the Army Reserves. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. This includes the busiest quarter since the partnership started seven years ago, with 1,000 more enlistments in January to March than the same three months last year; a successful trial to halve the amount of time to get recruits from application to basic training; and increasingly high proportions of applicants getting an offer of basic training, which is substantially better than pre-2012.'. Why would anybody join now? We all have an opinion on what we do, but as a professional it is my/our responsibility to ensure that mission is carried out to a successful conclusion NO MATTER YOUR PERSONAL OPINION” Totally agree: “then you would realise that morality and correct behaviour in war is a key corner stone in the Armys being” From what I read earlier it seemed to me you were… Read more », Nath in respect of your last point, the trust is developed as you go through the ranks, from experienced private soldier, to Lcpl, Cpl, Platoon Sgt and so on, and as such the team grows with you, and on a new command, your experience, knowledge and character are generally already known. “Join the army and see Estonia” just isn’t going to cut it. 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. The Royal Navy’s got a backlog of over a year of applicants in many branches, for instance, there’s no general lack of qualified people wanting to join up. Delays which have, in many cases, led to potential recruits giving up and looking for employment elsewhere. Not sure the idea of adverts of soldiers crying though obviously completely acceptable in such situations, is necessarily going to encourage people to join. Starting spring lockdown just a WEEK earlier could have saved 20,000 lives from Covid-19 crisis, claims... Moderna says it expects its coronavirus vaccine to protect against the new U.K. strain and will be running... Operation Moonshot rapid Covid tests missed 60 per cent of known virus cases in Liverpool trial, new... 'If I don't make it, I want you to know I lived a happy wonderful life with you': Texas man, 45, writes a... Operation prawn cocktail: Supermarkets resort to FLYING IN fresh lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower and citrus... Pariah Britain: Now Japan bans UK nationals over new mutant Covid strain - as Singapore and the Philippines... HALF of air samples taken from hospital hallways and a fifth from bathrooms have high levels of coronavirus,... COVID patients are 40% more likely to die within 10 days of leaving the hospital than those with pneumonia... JANET STREET-PORTER: Tier 4, 2021, mutant strains - bring them all on. Seven weeks. 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. While most of what I said in my previous comment has merit. I couldn’t hold a pen till i was 11. I remember Soldier, Soldier. As for Iraq, undfortunalty like… Read more ». You could become an SF HALO parachutist”, alongside the message that the British Army will show you how. Look at what happened to a few unfortunate Paras that were sent to Belfast 60 years ago. How many 18/25 years olds do you know that don’t live on their cellphones? Something on the demographic that these ill-judged adverts are aiming at. Our son is trying to get into AFC Harrogate. There was a net outflow of 2,130 personnel in the year to March 31. The regiment, which has fought in almost every significant conflict since the reign of Charles I, is 257 soldiers – or 37 per cent – below its target strength of 697. Something along the lines, perhaps, of; “Dad a bus driver? Apparently aimed at ‘millennials’ and ‘Generation Z’ it is the latest in a series of initiatives to try to boost recruiting in difficult times. So what has Britain bartered out of Barnier? Meanwhile, the Commons public accounts committee said in March that the Capita contract had ‘failed dismally’. Because the pay’s shit and they keep cutting numbers. Everyone, everyone – has an opinion. Published: 01:33 GMT, 10 August 2019 | Updated: 02:29 GMT, 10 August 2019. 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! Record numbers of people are joining the Army as the latest data reveals it is on track to hit its recruitment target, the Recruiting Partnership Programme has announced today. Why is British Army recruiting in such a bad state? Capita's 2017 decision to implement bespoke IT systems on a £1.3bn British Army recruiting contract led to nearly 25,000 fewer applications to join the military in the following year, new figures have revealed. My personal view is that it isn’t a patch on the brilliant Royal Navy “born in Carlisle but made in the Royal Navy” series of advertisements, nor is it as good as the RAF’s current campaign on television. Then it was probably fortunate that you didn’t join as what would have happened if there was another operation going to happen that you didn’t agree with? The old dependable white working class male, the recruiting backbone of the military are very much in a minority take away the females and you can see the recruiting pool his indeed small. MoD Suspends Capita Contract Over Serco Challenge A still from the Army's recruitment campaign 'This is Belonging'. Hundreds of Pfizer vaccine doses delivered to GP surgery in Macclesfield are thrown away after... Tony Blair calls for the UK to use up ALL coronavirus vaccine supplies to get at least one initial dose of... Second mutant strain of coronavirus has already been found in the North AND London after being brought from... 'So we sacrifice our Christmas but they still get to enjoy theirs?' Labour defence spokesman Nia Griffith called on Defence Secretary Ben Wallace to get to grips with the recruitment crisis as a matter of urgency. 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