General who fought in conflicts from the Balkans to the Middle East hits out at ... trends now
Younger 'Generation Z' Brits are 'too worried' to go to war and are turning their backs on a career in the armed forces, a top General has warned.
General Sir Richard Barrons, who has fought in conflicts from the Balkans to Middle East, feared anxious 18 to 26-year-olds were being 'put off' by the rigours of military service, which 'doesn't sit comfortably' with their woke views.
Sir Richard, former Commander of Joint Forces Command, was speaking out as the military continues to struggle to find enough new troops to bolster its ranks, with the General fearing the current recruiting crisis had left the armed forces 'threadbare'.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Sir Richard, 64, said: 'We have arrived at this position where the armed forces are threadbare and this Gen Z that are nervous of soldiering.
'They are more worried about the danger of physical and emotional trauma than other generations appear to have been. That’s putting people off.
The number of people joining Britain's military has slumped (pictured is a file image of soldiers from the Royal Irish Regiment)
General Sir Richard Barrons, the former Commander of UK Joint Forces Command, feared young Briton's from Gen Z were 'too worried' to go to war
'The forces exist to either threaten or apply the use of force. That’s to kill people or destroy things. That doesn’t sit comfortably with the zeitgeist of that particular demographic.'
The British Army has shrunk to its smallest size in about 200 years, while the RAF and Royal Navy are also struggling to find enough new recruits, with more people leaving the forces than those joining it.
Figures from the Ministry of Defence show the numbers joining the military dropped 16.9 per cent, with 2,130 fewer people enlisting than the previous year, with about 10,470 new recruits being hired in all.
But the numbers leaving the armed forces outstripped those coming in, with 16,460 having quit during the same period, an increase of six per cent on the year before.
The slump in recruits come amid fears war could spread, with Russia refusing to stop its invasion of Ukraine