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

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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 Applications 13/14 % 14/15 % 15/16 % 16/17 % 17/18 % 18/19 % Withdrawn 76,640 66.2 76,300 60.3 72,380 57.4 116,210 60.7 71,190 60.4 54,680 58.9 Rejected 24,220 21.2 34,590… Read More

What is Impressment?

Introduction Impressment, colloquially “the press” or the “press gang”, is the taking of men into a military or naval force by compulsion, with or without notice. European navies of several nations used forced recruitment by various means. The large size of the British Royal Navy in the Age of Sail meant impressment was most commonly… Read More

What is Economic Conscription?

Introduction First used around 1915, economic conscription is the mechanism for recruitment of personnel for the armed forces through the use of economic conditions, particularly when geographical areas within a country are neglected in terms of their economic development, leading to a situation where a high proportion of young people consider a career within the… 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