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Defence in the media: Armed forces recruitment and compensation claims

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Today’s defence related news includes coverage of new armed forces personnel statistics, and the implications of new rules on compensation claims from service personnel.

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The Red Arrows fly in formation over the peace tower and a military parade as they change the guard in Ottawa, leaving a red white and blue jet trail behind them
On Tuesday the Red Arrows performed a serious of flypasts over Parliament Hill in Canada's capital Ottawa.

Quarterly Personnel Statistics

The most recent figures of armed forces personnel currently in service were published yesterday, which shows that the overall totals continue to decrease, although marginally.

The story was featured on yesterday’s Radio 4 Six O’clock news bulletin and this morning is featured in the Daily Mail, The Herald and BBC News Online.

An MOD spokesperson said: 

“We have been working hard to improve our recruitment process and are already seeing results, with Regular soldier applications at a five year high in 2018/19.

“March also saw the largest intake of recruits since 2012, although given the time it takes to train soldiers, it is too soon to see these results reflected as an upturn in trained strength.

“The Army continues to meet all of its operational commitments to keep Britain safe and we are committed to working with Capita to address remaining challenges.”

Armed Forces compensation

The Times carries an article about the Ministry of Defence's proposals for a civil litigation longstop.

An MOD spokesperson said:

“The proposed civil litigation longstop will not prevent armed forces personnel from being able to access the compensation they deserve.

“Our plans for a new compensation scheme will mean that personnel will receive compensation at the level a court would order anyway.

“The plans will help stop lawyers cashing in on the public purse, while continuing to ensure that personnel access compensation, even for illnesses which may occur years after an event.”


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