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British ethnic minority communities and the armed forces

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The issue of recruiting ethnic minorities into Britain's public sector institutions has become a highly political one in recent years. One of the institutions that has been at the forefront of the government's initiatives has been the armed forces. Under the direction of the Ministry of Defence, the forces have made progress in courting ethnic minorities. However, the advances have been limited. In view of this, the forces have been very anxious to gauge the views of minority groups in order to identify and address current gaps in policy. This article reports the results of a survey which was aimed at eliciting the responses of ethnic minorities to issues such as: the desirability of a military career; the extent of a family tradition of military service; the degree of awareness of measures to attract minorities; and suggestions that would help to recruit more ethnic minorities. The responses generated will serve to indicate the extent to which a reassessment of current recruiting strategies is required.

Keywords: Armed Forces; Equal Opportunities; Ethnic Groups; Personnel Policy; Recruitment

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2002-10-09

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