Government should be worried and embarrassed by these shocking Army Reserve recruitment figures

Vernon Coaker MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, said:

"The Government should be worried and embarrassed by these shocking figures which show an increase of just 20 in the number of trained Army Reserves in the last year. 

"This is woefully low and contrasts starkly with David Cameron’s pledge to recruit 30,000 Army Reserves by 2018.

"It’s clear that these plans are failing and there is a real concern that Britain Armed Forces could be left with a dangerous capability gap as a result."