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Friday, August 24, 2012

Redundancies, botched defence reviews and pay freezes leave military morale at lowest ebb since 2008

Morale in Britain’s Armed Forces is plummeting, the Ministry of Defence’s own survey has revealed.

Crippling government cuts to the Army, Royal Navy and RAF has sparked a wave of disgruntlement, the figures show.

Redundancies totaling 22,000, botched defence reviews, pay freezes and the axing of perks for service personnel have left the military at its lowest ebb since 2008.

That year, troops were still in Iraq and casualties in Afghanistan were soaring.

Exactly 50 per cent of 12,000 personnel questioned for the MoD’s annual Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey (AFCAS) reported low morale in 2012.

The figure is up from 33 per cent in 2010 – when David Cameron’s Tories failed to seize power and were forced into a Coalition with the LibDems.

Until then, figures had been improving in the wake of a high of 54 per cent in 2008.

The number across the services reporting morale was high fell from 25 per cent in 2010 to just 15 per cent this year. Read More