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Morale in British army reaches an all time low

Issue No. 2078

The occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq are producing unease in the army.

According to a leaked top?level report, morale is at an all time low.

Army chief General Sir Richard Dannatt – who commissioned the report – claimed in an interview earlier this year that Iraq could break the army.

This report highlights the depth of anger among troops about shortages in equipment and manpower, poor food and housing. It says soldiers are deliberately taking “sickies” to avoid going on operations.

The report says, “The tank of goodwill now runs on vapour – many experienced staff are talking of leaving. There is a lack of training area and shooting range availability, shortages of ammunition, track mileage, spares, range staff and manpower.”

The document also says that the food given to troops is so bad that many resort to cooking up their own on gas burners in their rooms.

The report states: “A Pot Noodle culture is being created and soldiers are cooking rations over gas burners in their rooms.”

Last week a senior officer in the parachute regiment resigned.

Lt Colonel Stuart Tootal, who served in Afghanistan, told of “shoddy” treatment of injured troops, poor pay, housing and a lack of training equipment.

Simon Basketter

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Tue 20 Nov 2007, 18:58 GMT
Issue No. 2078
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