For that matter, what is the rate of turnover for an Infantry Regiment? I heard a few years ago that it was nearly 100% over a 3 year cycle. The problem is, harshly, that soldiering is a young mans game and you eventually feel that there are easier ways of making your money - especially when you get hitched and a couple of sprogs come along. At RM Poole, the Sergeants Mess had over 100 members Monday to Friday lunchtime and on a weekend you would be lucky to find half a dozen. To aid retention, the RM (and the RN) were able to borrow £1000 off the Andrew to put a deposit down on a house, providing they paid it back in their last 10 years, which was a massive incentive to stay in, especially after the 12 year point when you are looking towards a pension after 22. I have been out a long time and have no idea if this incentive is still available.I read a few years ago that the S.B.S. was virtually wiped out because the North Sea Oil Rig Companies were offering crazy money for such experienced Divers.
Still, the question remains as to why are the R.M. are losing so many people each year upon year? Also why are they only now offering Cash Incentives for men to stay on?
I appreciate your reply though.