The Telegraph today reports that the Inf are 3,000 under manned as at 1 April this year, according to a leaked document from DINF. It also states that the MoD is taking action to tackle the problem. It would be interesting to see how it plans to rectify such an error and fill such a gaping hole in a core elm of the ORBAT. If the report is true it seems that the govt has mismanaged military manning woefully. It has underestimated manning levels in the Inf before it removed 4 Bns from the ORBAT. It has underestimated the effect of constant deployments. I suspect it has left the Inf in a position where soldiers will have a reduced tour interval again and will be forced to reinforce other, undermanned Bns on ops. It will have increased the pressure on the Reserves. The list could go on. At what cost I wonder? Elsewhere, failure on this scale would result in people at the highest level being replaced ........ It makes me furious that this govt is so inept at managing the public sector. There are no successes, just expensive, badly run projects that are poorly planned, badly budgeted and ineffectually led. No link aval for article.