A recent Ministry of Defence survey has found that a quarter of those serving in the UK’s armed forces want to quit. In 2011 the number of military personell that were planning to leave or had handed in their notice was 16% but that has risen by almost 10% in the last 4 years.
The shadow defence secretary Vernon Coaker said, “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. 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.”
Many feel the reason the number of army personell wanting to leave is in direct relation to the armed forces potentially facing £35 billion of budget cuts over the next ten years. Several members of the military have already claimed they were not always given all the equipment needed to keep as safe as possible in an hostile environment and with these budget cuts set to take place it could result to something similar.