The Situation in the British Armed Forces: Shortage of Personnel, Low Pay

The Situation in the British Armed Forces: Shortage of Personnel, Low Pay

The Defense Ministry of Great Britain published an internal report where it stated about “shocking condition” of the Armed Forces of the kingdom.

Only one of 33 British infantry battalions is not experiencing staff shortages, the newspaper notes. The reason was low pay and the selection of recruits through a private firm.

Colonel Richard Kemp, the former commander of the British Army in Afghanistan, explained that the contract with a private company for 1.3 billion pounds was a “disastrous decision.

Because of bureaucratic hurdles, recruits were losing their desire to serve in the Army, according to Kemp, even in the elite Scottish Guards there was a shortage of military personnel.

“The Army is already too small to fully defend Britain in an increasingly dangerous world,” the colonel added, writes Tekdeeps.

The British Army currently needs 14,984 soldiers, according to the report. Britain can send only 11,000 troops to the battlefield.