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Army chiefs slammed over recruitment crisis as record 100,000 apply

THE Army is being crippled by a manpower shortage — despite a record number of would-be recruits attempting to join.
More than 100,000 tried to sign up last year but only 7,500 became soldiers — with thousands dropping out in frustration after getting bogged down in months of red-tape delays.
Sources say the blockage comes from a “disastrous” decision to outsource recruiting to private firm Capita, and leaves the Army more than 4,000 short of the 82,000 troops it is meant to have.
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