Defence in the media: Sunday 14 October 2018

Today's defence related news includes a report on Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson's statement on the Armed Forces' policy towards drugs, and the rate of obesity within the military.

Army Drugs policy

The Mail on Sunday reports on the Defence Secretary's zero-tolerance policy towards drug taking in the Armed Forces, stating that no soldier that had been discharged after failing a drugs test would be allowed to re-enlist.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

Drugs have absolutely no place in our Armed Forces, which is why I have made it clear there should be a zero-tolerance approach for anyone found to have taken illegal substances.

I am determined to stamp out the malevolent presence of drugs in our military and only a zero- tolerance approach can do that.

Obesity in the Armed Forces

The Mail on Sunday also reported that thousands of members of the Armed Forces are clinically obese.

An MOD spokesperson said:

Our personnel are required to pass our challenging fitness tests, and those who do not pass are provided with diet and fitness support, in order to reach and maintain a healthy weight.