Former Defence Minister John Spellar MP today sharply criticised the Government over its failure to meet its own targets on Army recruitment.

This follows revelations in the Daily Mail yesterday that only 6,910 people signed up in the past 12 months -; despite a target of 9,850. 

A recruitment shortfall of nearly 3,000 troops or 30 per cent.

Mr Spellar said: “This Government cares little for the Armed Forces -; and today’s figures are proof of this.”

“Since they came into office in 2010, the Conservatives have cut the size of the Regular Army by 20,000 and cannot now meet their own recruitment targets.

“Given the uncertain times we live in, and the increasing importance of NATO, the Government should look at increasing the size of the Army -; today shows they are not taking our national security seriously.”

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