heard this on 5 Live earlier this morning Sunday Express HUNGRY soldiers are training on empty stomachs because they cannot afford three meals a day. The situation is so bad that one soldier told the Sunday Express he would rather be serving in Afghanistan because at least the food there was better and free. Almost a fifth of all trainees regularly go without at least one meal a day, according to a report submitted to MPs. It means infantry soldiers, who can expect to be risking their lives on the frontline a year after they join, are not consuming the number of calories the Army says they need. Last night one of Britains most respected soldiers urged the Ministry of Defence to step in. Major General Patrick Cordingley, who led Allied forces to victory over Saddam Hussein in the first Gulf War, said: This is an extremely serious situation and it must be addressed by the Ministry of Defence as a matter of urgency. Either they should be paid more or their food should be more heavily subsidised. Express.co.uk - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | UK News :: Soldiers cannot afford to eat Got confused because there is a photo of Saddam at the top of the page. Maybe what the guys spend their money on each month should be looked at, beer, cigarettes, junk food.