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British Army set to hit recruitment target for first time in years

12 February 2020
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The British Army is on course to reach its soldier recruitment target for the first time since signing a GBP495 million (USD641.6 million) contract with Capita in 2012 as part of the Recruiting Partnership Programme (RPP). As of February, 99% of its target for regular soldier recruits has started or been accepted and has a date to commence basic training. Capita expects to reach its target of 9,404 recruits for the year ending 31 March.

Recruits taking part in a graduation parade at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate. (British Army/UK MoD)Recruits taking part in a graduation parade at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate. (British Army/UK MoD)

The latest figures come as a relief to Capita and the British Army after a 2018 National Audit Office (NAO) report highlighted that the RPP had not met its annual target to recruit soldiers since its inception, leading to Capita openly acknowledging that it underestimated the complexity of armed forces recruitment.





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