The Impact of COVID on Gurkha Selection

The latest intake of Gurkha recruits have completed the selection process despite coronavirus restrictions. A total of 340 aspiring soldiers were due to arrive in Catterick as this issue went to press, having been whittled down from 1,600 hopefuls in their native Nepal. With social distancing and regular hand washing becoming the norm, applicants quickly… Read More

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Royal Navy Recruit Influx & Training Delivery Changes

Regulars In January 2021, Royal Navy (RN) recruits began training at HMS Collingwood for the first time in decades, and this is down to a response to both the growing RN and a surge in interest in joining up during the COVID-19 pandemic. As 2020 ended, applications to join the RN, Royal Marines (RM) and… Read More

Reasons for Candidates Disengaging from the Army Recruitment Pipeline (2013-2019)

The first table outlines the general reasons for candidates disengaging from the British Army’s recruitment pipeline, whilst the second table outlines the top 5 reasons. Applications 13/14 % 14/15 % 15/16 % 16/17 % 17/18 % 18/19 % Withdrawn 76,640 66.2 76,300 60.3 72,380 57.4 116,210 60.7 71,190 60.4 54,680 58.9 Rejected 24,220 21.2 34,590… Read More

British Army Late Entry Officer Process to be Centralised

The process for applying for a late entry (LE) commission as a Regular has been changed. Would-be officers will now attend a centralised senior soldier assessment board (SSAB) instead of cap badges running separate events. The first SSAB will be held in August at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and a virtual briefing will take… Read More

What is the Impact of Adolescent Complex Regional Pain Syndrome on the Psychopathology of Young Men Ahead of Military Service?

Research Paper Title Impact of adolescent complex regional pain syndrome on the psychopathology of young men ahead of military service: a retrospective cohort analysis of Korean conscription data. Background The relationship between physical and psychopathological features in complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) has been a subject of constant interest, but no data are available in… Read More

7 Things You Should Know Before Enlisting In The Military

Did you know that the US army is older than the country itself? George Washington, on 14 June 1775, led the creation of a unified Continental Army. The Second Continental Congress then passed it. However, the United States became a country only on 04 July 1776, after declaring independence. This is one of the reasons… Read More

British Army is Mostly Meeting Recruitment Targets

Targets for new joiners are largely being met despite the planning and logistical challenges created by pandemic restrictions and national lockdowns. Colonel Nick MacKenzie, Assistant Director, Army Recruiting and Initial Training Command, said a number of measures taken during the year had kept the throughput of new recruits flowing freely. “We have adapted our processes… Read More