Capita recruitment deal under fire as MoD data shows personnel down 8% on requirements overall

The numbers of some frontline British army units is down by as much as a third, new figures have revealed, prompting serious concerns about their readiness for action.

The government was accused of “appalling complacency” over recruitment after the publication of the Ministry of Defence data, which showed army personnel down 8% on requirements overall. That figure masks a much larger deficit in army infantry battalions, which serve a frontline role.

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