Headlines: September 24th, 1999

Setting up facilities for armed forces personnel to email home when on long
tours of duty is one of the means by which the services are bolstering
recruitment and retention.

The Armed Forces recruited more than 26,000 personnel in 1998/99 – the best
figures since the end of the Cold War.

Innovative advertising and an increased profile for the services are praised
for raising recruitment, but there has also been a people-centred approach
to persuading staff that service life is a job for life, not just when

There has been a reduction in the high level of UK commitments around the
world, better leave arrangements, improved telephone facilities, and new
e-mail communication between personnel on operations and their families.