Armed Forces need thousands of new troops as the UK risks losing battle on crippling skills shortage in the military


Our armed forces are 8,200 personnel under strength while critical posts remain unfilled

There is a 23 per cent shortfall in pilots, a 26 per cent shortfall in intelligence analyst trades and a 17 per cent shortfall in engineers.

And the problem is unlikely to be resolved in the next four years.

The Commons Public Accounts Committee says it is harming morale and wants a new approach.

Chair Meg Hillier said: “The Government’s ‘make do and mend’ approach to staffing its defence commitments cannot continue.

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Source: The Sun