Army Numbers Fall Again

Without getting into the rights and wrongs of individual cases in any way, should someone in uniform and "doing their job" have any additional right to murder, assault, rape or torture anyone?
It would probably increase the recruiting pool.
 
The latest report from the National Audit Office says as of Jan 18 the Armed Forces are still 8,200 below what is required

Report conclusions

The Armed Forces have significant skill shortfalls in many critical areas. The Commands have responded to these shortfalls by prioritising essential defence tasks, but this reliance on placing increasing demands on regulars is not sustainable in the long-term. The Department also faces the growing challenge of responding quickly to changes in how warfare is conducted. This will increasingly require new specialist technical and digital skills, and will bring it into greater competition with the private sector.

Head Office and the Commands are implementing a range of measures to address recruitment and retention problems. Despite these efforts, the Department does not expect to resolve the majority of the shortfalls in the next five years. In view of this, the Department must: fundamentally re-assess how to fill its skills gaps; exploit its existing innovative initiatives more widely; and adapt its long-established approaches to managing the development of workforce capabilities to deliver the required skills. Unless it does this, the Department will not have the personnel it needs to respond rapidly to changing demands and make effective use of new equipment, with attendant damage to value for money.
Full Report Here
; Ensuring sufficient skilled military personnel - National Audit Office (NAO)

Also news story on Forces TV here;
British Armed Forces "Significantly Understaffed", Report Reveals
 
80K Squaddies with wpn handling quals....... and 41k Cadets with Wpn handling quals.

1 in 3 green pers with a Gov weapon handling qualification in the UK right now can be classed as a child soldier.

brilliant.
 
The latest report from the National Audit Office says as of Jan 18 the Armed Forces are still 8,200 below what is required
I suspect the numbers are far worse than that.
They are just fudged to not make it look even worse.
 
Why join the reserves? Overseas AT binned, overseas exercises being looked at very closely, 1% pay rises for the foreseeable future, few op tours on the go. Not really worth making yourself unemployable in civvy street for.
Biggest issue that I see in the reserves is the lack of kit to work with. A GS rover, BFA and one SV and minibus (all singular) is not the mix of kit designed to draw recruits (even for the D and CE licences)
 
Not what the Corps Colonel alluded to recently; the revised offer now is no gratuity at the end of 22 years, but industry-standard and recognised qualifications to help you get a decent job.
don't know where you're getting that from. The university accreditation has lapsed. It will be back shortly. The gratuity is part of a forces wide pension scheme so not really in the purview of a mere corps. There's probably much bigger challenges on horizon than degree accreditation and pensions anyway.
 
don't know where you're getting that from. The university accreditation has lapsed. It will be back shortly. The gratuity is part of a forces wide pension scheme so not really in the purview of a mere corps. There's probably much bigger challenges on horizon than degree accreditation and pensions anyway.
The Corps Colonel alluded to...
 
don't know where you're getting that from. The university accreditation has lapsed. It will be back shortly. The gratuity is part of a forces wide pension scheme so not really in the purview of a mere corps. There's probably much bigger challenges on horizon than degree accreditation and pensions anyway.
Oh no it won't unless the FofS/FofSIS courses go with Lincoln Business School and the don't give a hoot about the course content (they do but not a lot), just your money and the 3 essays you write.
 

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Oh no it won't unless the FofS/FofSIS courses go with Lincoln Business School and the don't give a hoot about the course content (they do but not a lot), just your money and the 3 essays you write.
You mean, the Army promising credible educational qualifications but actually providing junk credits from low-grade educational establishments?

Why do you say 'unless'?

@History_Man Cannot be arsed to meme it, but imagine a picture of a lion roaring, a kitten mewing, and a duck quacking, and underneath each respectively: "What Corps Colonels' Say" "What Corps Colonels' Can Actually Do" and "What Actually Happens".
 
Not what the Corps Colonel alluded to recently; the revised offer now is no gratuity at the end of 22 years, but industry-standard and recognised qualifications to help you get a decent job.
An the individual responsible for organising those industry standard qualifications, promises a lot and delivers very little. I have stronger words to use on this.
 
You mean, the Army promising credible educational qualifications but actually providing junk credits from low-grade educational establishments?

Why do you say 'unless'?

@History_Man Cannot be arsed to meme it, but imagine a picture of a lion roaring, a kitten mewing, and a duck quacking, and underneath each respectively: "What Corps Colonels' Say" "What Corps Colonels' Can Actually Do" and "What Actually Happens".
Lincoln hand out degrees for 2 other courses, but they are management degrees not engineering degrees ie chippy. As the RAF is moving away from them (due to chippiness i believe) they are desperate to drum up business, and will probably turn accreditation around quickly. However, they don't accredit course content, only work completed after.
 
Biggest issue that I see in the reserves is the lack of kit to work with. A GS rover, BFA and one SV and minibus (all singular) is not the mix of kit designed to draw recruits (even for the D and CE licences)
Also retention of reserves. CLM has seemed to be a problem. I'm still trying to find a SNCO CLM course and am close to my 2 year point (my unit hasn't managed to run one and I was knocked back for grandfather rights for EFP I did when I was a Regular Sergeant). I'm wondering why I bother as posts are constantly changing and different people quote different requirements.
I know of a Cpl who is fighting a drop to LCpl because they say his previous CLM doesn't count. A Sgt who was told he was promoted to SSgt but after 1 1/2 years of trying to get paid for it found he wasn't actually posted into a PID and therefore wasn't promoted.
I might have to do an all arms stoemans course as my all arms stores accounts course ceased to qualify promotion in 2017.
This doesn't exactly make people want to stay, its only the fact that I am a sad B@stard and I hate my family that I continue to turn up. If only I had been an officer then I could have left for years and rejoined at the same rank.
 

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