BRITAIN’S armed forces are struggling to recruit which is probably because, though we freely admit we have not checked, the government is underpaying them?
Because, as much as wokeness is being blamed for a generation raised on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare being fundamentally against conflict, you have to admit it seems likely.
Consider the facts. They’re state employees under 14 years of Tory goverment which has cut every service provided by the state, and the salaries of everyone working for the state, to the bone.
If education, the NHS, the courts and the police are all as understaffed and underpaid as a big Tesco, why would the armed forces be any different? Especially as they’re not allowed to strike.
There’s not enough money to run aircraft carriers. Army-owned land is being sold off or used to house asylum seekers. Frankly if every soldier, sailor and airman was getting regular inflation-linked pay rises it would be a f**king shock.
And while there’s a recruitment crisis everywhere – try getting served a meal in a country pub – the Army’s the one area that’s not been hit by all the Poles going home. So it must be something else and with this government it’s usually money. Bet you.
Let’s have a quick look… and yep, two-third dissasatisfied with basic pay rates, more than half think pay’s unfair, more trained personnel leaving than ever. What a f**king surprise. Big well done to the Tories.