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More than £1 billion spent on armed forces recruitment

More than £1 billion has been spent on recruitment in the armed forces in just a few years, new figures reveal, prompting demands from MPs for urgent changes.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) spending includes £752 million on a contract with Capita – £54 million more than was planned at this stage of the contract.
It comes amid widespread vacancies across the armed forces and repeated failures to hit recruitment targets.
The MoD said it was operating in a highly competitive job market and all spending was scrutinised.
Tory MP and former Army officer Johnny Mercer said: “It is clear that the military is currently experiencing a manpower crisis and with the amounts of public money being spent on recruitment, I would expect to see much improved results.
“Perhaps it is time for the MoD to review their recruiting practices to ensure that the public is getting proper value for money and that the military is having its manpower requirements satisfied.”
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