FOREIGNERS will be allowed to join the Armed Forces even if they have never lived in Britain, ministers will announce today.
The Ministry of Defence is dropping a requirement for applicants from Commonwealth countries like Fiji, Malta and Cyprus to have lived in Britain for at least five years.
The change comes as top brass hope to encourage an extra annual 1,350 personnel from foreign countries, amid a recruitment struggle.
In recent years the business service provider Capita, in charge of recruitment, has been blamed for the failure to hit personnel targets.
Mark Francois, a member of the defence select committee, blasted Capita and the recruitment process.
He said: “According to evidence given recently to the defence committee, the Army will be lucky to achieve 50 per cent of its recruiting figures this year.
Source: the Sun