Navy drops off duty uniform ban to boost recruitment

Royal Navy will allow off-duty sailors to wear their uniforms ashore for the
first time in 30 years to help boost recruitment.

ban on wearing uniforms ashore was introduced in the early 70s to stop
servicemen and women becoming targets of terrorists in public places.

Navy, which has 37,000 personnel, hopes the move will combat falling numbers
and make it more competitive in the job market.

Sea Lord Admiral, James Burnell-Nugent, said: "The pool of talented young
people from which the service can recruit is growing smaller and the
competition is increasing."

ourselves to increase the visibility of the service will help to fill
gaps," he said.

By Michael Millar

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