Armed Forces less ready for war than ever, MoD figures show

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by msr, Jul 22, 2008.

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  1. msr

    msr LE

    Less than half of all military units are able to deploy on operations in an emergency, the lowest number ever recorded by the Ministry of Defence.

    MPs rounded on the Government accusing it of endangering national security and "devastating" the military by fighting on two fronts.

    Figures also show that over the last year the Army has seen a shortfall of three battalions, or 1500 recruits, graduating through training with only 84 per cent of the target of 9,200 trained soldiers being achieved.

    Similarly there was a shortfall of 40 Army officers graduating from Sandhurst.

    The report says it has also become "increasingly challenging" to provide enough Territorial Army soldiers for the frontline where they make up 10 per cent of troops.

    Hardly news, I suppose.

  2. Yep.

    Stick it all in RED ink, font 72, underline and bold... and then shout it from the roof tops. It won't make a blind bit of difference in the current economic climate.

    The solution 'of course' in an EU Army (to be read with heavy sarcasm).
  3. Well, savings have to be made somewhere. There's a £930,000,000 two week sporting event in London to save up for. Just imagine if the Olympics Chief executive hadn't had his £205,000 bonus this year? He'd have had to manage on his £373,000 salary and we couldn't expect him to do that.

    Priorities dear boy.
  4. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    This from the shadow defence minister:

    You bl00dy well want to old son, because it's a big vote winner if you do!
  5. Sadly Biped, I don't think you're right. "Correct Resources" for HM Forces for the majority of people in UK is not a critical issue that they'll change their vote over. Cost of living (Petrol prices, house prices, food prices, rising tax bills); job security, NHS failures, these are where the next election will be lost and won IMHO. Unless we lose badly in Iraq or Afghan (and by badly I mean on a par with Dunkirk/Singapore), Joe public simply won't take notice.

    There's a global economic downturn (obviously not a recession, or a depression because that would be too scary!), and defence will be sucking hind-t1t for the foresseeable future regardless of who gets in. The best we can hope for is that when the Broons are but a distasteful memory, our next leaders will reduce our commitments to a supportable level. The danger of this is that with any reduction of commitment, there will be massie pressure for cuts in resources.

    I'm always in a bleak mood on Tuesdays.
  6. Any Budget increases for the MoD are unlikely to match base inflation, or 'defense inflation', let alone 'real inflation' to cover the actual increase in procurement costs, fuel increases etc.

    So we are F@@ked really. :(