Labour criticises cuts after leaked MoD report says army low on troops
Labour has called for the government to devise “a proper defence strategy” and criticised “a decade of decline” after a leaked Ministry of Defence report said the army is running low on battle-ready soldiers.
The Daily Mail reported the Ministry of Defence’s “Infantry Battalion Soldier Strength Summary – January 2021” showed the prestigious Scots Guards, which has a working requirement of 603 troops, had just 339 soldiers available for operations.
Col Richard Kemp, a retired British army officer, blamed the manpower crisis on poor pay, inadequate living conditions, and the outsourcing of recruitment to Capita.
“Outsourcing recruiting to Capita was a disastrous decision, potential recruits faced months of unnecessary delays and struggled to meet a real soldier in the…