Sorry about the dearth of posts as of late – been in the woods. Semi-daily posts will now resume, kicking off with a collection of news relating to military recruitment worlwide.
The armed forces are struggling to cope because so many demoralised servicemen are quitting, a committee of MPs will say.
A damning report by a Commons committee will warn that the growing shortfall – fuelled by a recruitment crisis – is leaving the military increasingly overstretched in Iraq and Afghanistan.
An extensive profile of potential recruits to the Canadian Forces reveals personality traits of being more extroverted, more agreeable, marginally more “open, less conscientious and less emotionally stable than the average Canadian, according to a recently released federal government report.
In order to prepare future recruitment programs for the Department of National Defence, the profile also finds that potential future soldiers prefer comedies on television, action flicks on their movie screens, rock and rap music on the radio and Cosmopolitan and People magazine on their reading table. The national survey, which cost taxpayers $156,000, was conducted by TSN Canadian Facts Inc. in February and March.
Among the small pool of respondents who said they were likely to join — only six per cent of the population said they were somewhat or very likely to enrol — it identified men, Aboriginal Peoples, those under 25 and the unemployed as the demographic groups most ready to sign-up.
Efforts by the Canadian Forces to boost the number of women, visible minorities and aboriginals within its ranks has resulted in the military losing ground in finding recruits from those designated groups.
The military’s employment equity plan, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, reveals few jobs within the military near “acceptable” representation of women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples and people with disabilities.
“This reflects a lack of progress over the past years, and ground that has to be made up as we move forward,” the document says.
Like US recruiters, Australian Army uses online games, podcasts as recruitment tools
The internet has become the new battleground for Australian Defence Force recruitment, which in the last week alone has launched a multiplayer gaming portal and a reality-style podcast series following the life of trainees.
Extreme Battleships, Supreme Air Combat, and Operation Tiger are just three of the online games developed by the ADF, where players can chalk up victories against the likes of War Pig, Flakattack and M-Shadows, and progress upward through the military ranks.
CLIMATE change may prove an unlikely recruitment aid for the Australian Defence Force as rising sea levels and severe weather push the military into humanitarian relief operations.
A paper by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute calls for the next defence white paper to consider the effect climate change will have on its operation and make-up, and how the military can make its khaki image greener.