Story from UKPA, based on latest continuous attitude survey. Forces morale slumps amid cuts Morale in the Armed Forces has slumped in the wake of the Government's defence cuts, according to official figures. The Ministry of Defence's latest continuous attitude survey showed morale in all three services was down in the two years since the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) - with the Army particularly hard hit. Overall, across the three services, the numbers saying morale was high have fallen from 25% in 2010 to just 15% - a 10-point drop - while those saying that morale was low rose by 17 points from 33% to 50%. In the Army, which is losing 20,000 troops, the fall-off was even sharper with those who believed morale was high was down 14 points from 32% to 18%, while those who believed it was low rose 21 points from 24% to 45%. Among Army officers the trend was even more marked, with those who rated morale as high dropping 23 points from 30% to just 7% while those who said it was low were up 38 points from 25% to 63% - almost two thirds of all officers. Defence Minister Peter Luff acknowledged that the changes in the SDSR had created uncertainty among the forces, but expressed confidence that the mood would begin to pick up over the next two years. "While morale on operations remains high, we have had to make tough decisions to get the defence budget back into balance, including reducing the size of our armed forces," he said. "Any change like this is bound to create uncertainty however but the resilience of our personnel should not be underestimated. We are nearing the end of a very difficult period in defence and hope to see morale slowly recovering over the next couple of years. Our armed forces remain focused on doing their job, whether it is in Afghanistan or at home in the UK for the Olympics." However, shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy said the figures were a "terrible reflection" of the Government's defence policy. "A vital benchmark of success is our forces' morale and yet it has been damaged and dented by David Cameron and (Defence Secretary) Philip Hammond," he said. "A botched review and cuts to vital support have made our forces feel undervalued and overstretched. Cutting the Army by 20,000 while we have so many of our forces serving in Afghanistan is a real blow. Tough decisions are necessary but they must be taken with respect not recklessness. The whole country will expect David Cameron to sit up, listen and change course in response to this worrying trend."