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British Army chiefs hope recruiting surge will turn around personnel shortage

06 December 2018

British Army chiefs anticipate a surge in applications to 70,000 in 2019, and are hoping this will turn around poor recruiting and retention performance.

It is also hoped that the performance of the service's outsourced recruiting contractor, Capita, will improve to allow new recruits to be efficiently processed into the ranks, according to an internal briefing document by Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch, who leads the service's Home Command organisation, seen by Jane's.

In October Jane's reported that the British Army's infantry branch was 1,850 soldiers, or 12%, short of its target for regular or full-time soldiers, and army numbers had fallen consistently over the past two years to below its 82,000 personnel target, according to official Ministry of Defence (MoD) statistics.

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