The Prime Minister has ordered an investigation into the numbers of people leaving the armed forces. According to quarterly service personnel statistics released, more than 8,000 people chose to finish their military careers in the last year. The services are at more than 6% below strength, with fewer recruits joining the military.

Theresa May has commissioned Defence Select Committee member Mark Francois to look into the issue. He said it’s important to try and get more people to join the Armed Forces. The most recent Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey (AFCAS) suggested there had been a significant fall in morale across the services.

An MOD spokesperson said: “Recruiting and retaining talent is one of our top priorities and we have a range of schemes, including retention pay for specialist trades and flexible working to make sure we attract and keep the skilled personnel we need. (Forces Net News, 5th February 2019)

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