25 percent of UK army personnel want to quit

Ministry of defence’s survey shows increase of dissatisfaction among British army members

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

With Britain’s Royal United Services Institute proposing a 35 billion euro budget cut for British armed forces within ten years, a survey of Ministry of Defence (MoD) has showed that 25 percent of the army’s personnel wish to quit their jobs.

According to the survey, while 16 percent of those in the army wanted to leave in 2011, the proportion increased in to 25 percent in 2015.

Although the proportion of staff who want to continue in their jobs decreased from 41 percent to 34 percent, motivation among army personnel rose to 45 percent from 41 percent.

A spokeswoman from the MoD said that the ministry is working hard to keep army personnel “feel valued.”

"That is why we invest in a range of measures to improve service life, from welfare support to accommodation, while prioritising the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant,” she added.

"We remain on course to meet Future Force 2020 targets as we move towards the agile and flexible force needed to keep us safe at home and abroad."

On the other hand, Shadow defence secretary Vernon Coaker said that “the morale of our armed forces is of the utmost importance and the government needs to urgently address the issues that are making so many want to leave the forces.

“The situation has gone from bad to worse over the past five years and is unlikely to get any better with the Tories' current plans,” he added.

The  2015 Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey was held between October 2014 and February 2015.

TRTWorld and agencies