Sunday, February 24, 2008

Record numbers of Army recruits drop out

By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent Last Updated: 2:05am GMT 24/02/2008

A third of Army recruits are dropping out of basic infantry training, new Government figures show.
More than one in three soldiers who sign up to serve in the infantry are quitting before the end of the tough 24-week training course or else fail to meet the minimum standard required by the Army.
The figures, which show the number of recruits who drop out rising sharply over the past four years, have emerged only days after a Ministry of Defence report revealed that the Armed Forces are now more than 5,000 men and women under strength.

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