Army newsletter revival to improve communications

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The British Army newsletter has been re-introduced as part of efforts to improve communications across the Army. 

IN FRONT is presented in a modern, accessible smartphone compatible format so that it can be shared widely and easily.

Image: Maj Gen Jones.

Major General Rupert Jones, Army Director of Engagement and Communications, said: “It can be hard to keep pace with the amount of change going on and with everything the Army is doing around the world. Hopefully this newsletter will help a little.”

The newsletter is available from the Army website by clicking HERE

Chief of the General Staff, General Mark Carleton-Smith, said: “Despite not having a single large operation to grab the headlines, the Army is as busy as ever.”

Last year, the British Army deployed more than 50,000 soldiers on overseas commitments in 55 countries.  It currently has over 3,300 troops deployed on operations and nearly 6,000 on overseas training exercises.

Mark_Carleton-Smith Chief of the General Staff

General Carleton-Smith, Chief of the General Staff

Chief of the General Staff, General Mark Carleton-Smith acknowledged that while there are about 82,500 personnel in the Army in total, they need to improve the current c.76,500 fully-trained strength; achieving this is will require an improvement to inflow (recruiting) and outflow (retention).

With record youth employment levels and a shrinking 18-24 year old demographic, the Army is in a highly competitive recruiting market.  However, the Army maintains it has defined the challenge and has a credible, resourced plan to improve the situation. 

Last year, the Army received c.100,000 applications; a 5-year high attributed to Capita’s successful ‘Belonging’ advertising campaign. 

Only 1 in 7 applications however are converted into trained soldiers.

This is due primarily to the length of the application process. The Army is testing new ways of shortening the process and modernising elements of the entry criteria while maintaining entry standards. Army Officer recruiting is going extremely well and Sandhurst is currently full.  

The RFCA’s work on the Reserve Forces and Cadets Estate continues to be of the utmost importance as the Army needs to consolidate and stabilise its infrastructure to ensure a sustainable footprint for the future.