Head of French armed forces resigns over budget cuts row

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by QRK2, Jul 19, 2017.

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  1. meerkatz

    meerkatz On ROPs

    French defence budget includes some very surprising costs.
  2. You overlooked the need to recruit several thousand FTRS commissioned staff posts required to make the brews............
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  3. Sarastro

    Sarastro LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Current strength (optimistic figures) = 79,000
    Reserves (if counted, optimistic figures) = 26,000
    Total = 105,000

    So...in "a few years", only 19% of the Army will have been in today. 4 in 5 will be sprogs. No SNCOs or officers above Captain. Figures not much better if you assume "army" means "military", in which case the top line figure is 196,000 meaning only 50% of the military will be sprogs. I mean, that kind of pogrom might be a fantastic way to get rid of all the tired old animals that just glue up the system rather than usefully contributing to glue factory output, but somehow I think recruitment and retention is bad, but not quite that bad.

    More likely that the BBC might have got something wrong, as, with the honourable exception of Mark Urban, their Defence-related news these days consists of a Twitter account following Michael Fallon, a Google alert for "army OR iraq OR afghanistan OR SAS" and a post-it with Richard Kemp's mobile number.