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Defence in the media: Sunday 1 October 2017

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Today's defence related news includes reports on the impact of PTSD, GCHQ’s everyday sexism project and the effect of obesity on Army recruitment.

The Impact of PTSD

The Sunday People and The Sunday Mirror report on the impact of PTSD.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said:

We are committed to the wellbeing of our service personnel, whether serving or former, and the vast majority of those leaving transition successfully into civilian life. We recognise that a small number of veterans struggle, and that is why we work across Government and with charity partners to provide a comprehensive package of support.

This support includes: the Armed Forces Covenant; the Veteran’s Gateway; and the instigation of a cross-Government Veterans Board later this year.


GCHQ’s everyday sexism project

The Sunday Times reports on staff at GCHQ setting up an everyday sexism project, and suggesting that this initiative could be rolled out across Whitehall.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said:

A diverse and inclusive workforce is a stronger workforce. That’s why we encourage and celebrate diversity and promote an inclusive working environment where everyone feels they belong, has equality of opportunity and can be confident that their unique perspectives will be heard.


Obesity in the UK impacting Army recruitment

The Sunday Express used comments from Major General James Swift, director of British Army Strategy, as well as figures from the NHS, to suggest that obesity in the UK could be impacting Army recruitment.

An Army spokesperson said:

Over 95% of our personnel pass our challenging fitness tests, and those who do not pass are provided with diet, fitness, and healthcare support.


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