British Army seeks emotional support available to new recruits

Vastavam web: The British Army launched a campaign today highlighting the emotional support available to new recruits as it seeks to address falling soldier numbers — but drew accusations of political correctness.Short films entitled “What if I get emotional in the army?”, “Can I practise my faith in the army?”, “Do I have to be a superhero?”, and “Can I be gay in the army?” will be broadcast on television, radio and social media.It comes just weeks after the army reportedly abandoned plans to give up its long-running “Be The Best” slogan because it was not inclusive.

“The main group of people who are interested in joining aren’t worrying so much about whether they are going to be listened to or if there’s an emotional issue,” Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, told BBC television.The army had just over 78,000 full-time members last year, well short of the government’s target of 82,000 by 2020.

“What this campaign is about, frankly, is a recognition that we don’t have a fully manned army at the moment, that the demography of our country has changed and that we need to reach out to a broader community in order to man that army with the right talent,” he told BBC radio.He denied Kemp’s accusation that the army was “being forced down a route of political correctness”.