The UK Department of Defense has released an internal report that indicates the unsatisfactory state of the country’s army. The Daily Mail reports.
According to the report, only one of the country’s 33 infantry battalions did not face a shortage of personnel. It is noted that this is due to low wages, as well as the participation of a private firm in the selection of recruits.
Colonel Richard Kemp said the £1.3 billion contracts with a private company was “a disastrous decision.”
Recruits were faced with bureaucratic red tape in the selection process, which prompted them to refuse to serve in the military. The number of applications filed for military service fell to 25 thousand in 2017.
Servicemen under contract complain about poor living conditions and a low standard of living, the report says.