The Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey, released today, highlights that across the Armed Forces morale has fallen since the Tory-led Government came to power.
Across all ranks in all three services the numbers saying that morale is ‘low’ has increased between 2010 and 2013. In all instances the proportion of officers saying morale is ‘low’ is greater than in other ranks.
The results show that between 2010 and 2013:
• 30% more officers across all three Services say morale is low
• 45% more Army officers say morale is low
• 20% more of all non-officer ranks in all three Services say morale is low
• 29% more of all non-officer ranks in the Army say morale is low
Kevan Jones MP, Labour’s Shadow Armed Forces Minister, said:
“The early legacy of this government is an Armed Forces of weakened morale.
“A record of redundancies, cuts to equipment and slashed allowances means our Forces feel under-valued and under-powered.
“Due to a failed economic strategy Ministers have repeatedly returned to the Services to make cuts, which may harm our ability to project force in the world.
“The Conservatives came to power promising a bigger Army and increased investment but have delivered the opposite. These broken promises have damaged our Forces’ morale.”
1. The Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey 2013 can be found here: