Taken from the standard - One in six MoD staff applies for voluntary redundancy | Politics (For info, we're losing 25,000, of which 20,000 are going to be from the mainstream MOD and 5000 from trading agencies. When you realise that 5,000 are predicted to be natural wastage beyond this total, you realise that we've just about hit our redundancy targets in one month!). This is really worrying news - while I know there will be some here who cheer at the thought of less CS, I am concerned that the staff going are often very good people who are passionate about Defence and the armed forces. I know many people who've gone for it (and I'll be honest and say that I seriously looked at it until I worked out my compulsory or voluntary pay off is the same) - its not just the tired old wasters we're losing here. Lots of good keen young people with bright futures ahead want to walk away because they are fed up with the utter lack of leadership at the top, the complete closure of all real career prospects for anyone who isn't on the faststream, and the complete collapse in morale. The media are also responsible, their pernicious agenda that makes out that us CS are pure scum, who are singlehandley responsible for everything wrong in the MOD today has made a lot of people give up - yesterday I heard a very senior civil servant admit that people are no longer proud to publicly admit that they work for MOD. Thats a desperately sad state of affairs to find ourselves in. So, fast forward 5 years and you have a department where many good people have gone, and where 40% of the workforce thats left will be over 50. The imminent loss of skills and knowledge, much of it irreplacable, and much of which contributes to the UK influence globally is going to be keenly felt by the armed forces.