Ten per cent of British soldiers unfit to fight

More
than one in 10 British soldiers are medically unfit to fight on the frontline,
according to official figures revealed in Parliament.

The
figures show that more than 10,000 Army personnel are graded as less than fully
fit with most of these banned from fighting roles.

The
number of medically downgraded staff in the Army has risen by 2,000 since
August 2000..

The
RAF and Navy are also suffering from the problem with 4,000 and 3,000 personnel
respectively on  restricted duties and
unfit for action.

Across
the whole of the armed forces 17, 394 staff are medically downgraded despite
the Government spending £5m on private healthcare. 

By Ross Wigham

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