That’s the claim made by The Daily Mirror newspaper which has reported that private recruitment firm, Capita, has repeatedly failed to meet its quota of new soldiers agreed to in its deal with the MoD worth £50 million a year. In the last six months of 2015 alone the company has been contractually obliged to return “millions” of pounds to the MoD in penalties for failing to meet targets.
Former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, Colonel Richard Kemp, said in the article that he was met with “incompetence” as he tried to help potential recruits join up. He also expressed his view that Capita’s contract should be terminated. The Army privatised its recruitment branch in 2012 as a cost-cutting measure following the brutal defence cuts of the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government.