I notice the Ministry of Defence is recruiting heavily with a series of TV advertisements. This is hardly surprising since their reorganisation of the armed forces involved the sacking of 20,000 regulars with a target to increase reservists from 19,000 to 30,000.
I understand from figures published yesterday in The Telegraph that so far only 140 new reservist have been recruited. I have long felt that fatalities and injuries will increase with the use of reservists because of the skills gap. Surely the £1.95 million the MoD is spending on this advertising campaign could be better spent on training and equipment to reduce injury? Call me a sceptic but could the MoD’s current complaints about combat immunity and lawyers on the battlefield be because they anticipate more negligent acts leading to injury for which they don’t want to pay out?