http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-2543376.html "After missing recruitment targets in 2005, the Army lowered standards and doubled enlistment bonuses. Last year it raised the maximum age for recruits from 35 to 40 and then to 42. It also relaxed rules outlawing visible tattoos above the neck and ensured that candidates who are a little overweight or suffer from attention deficit were no longer turned away. " "Other, less successful, recruitment efforts have included writing to 5,100 officers who had recently left the service. The letters, sent out at Christmas, included 75 to officers killed in action and 200 more who have been wounded. But perhaps the most controversial measure to address recruitment shortfalls is the offer of automatic citizenship to foreign nationals recruited in the Army."