British Army Chief of the General Staff; more Muslims needed in Britain’s Army

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Despite the top man in the British Army openly stating he is desirous of the “best possible talent” to join his nation’s active duty army, he’s also called for a greater recruitment effort of a certain demographic based on little more than their religious belief. As reported by Britain’s Sky News and also the Moscow based RT.com (formerly Russia Today) news portal, both on Feb. 6, 2015,¬†General Sir Nicholas Carter stated that non-European ethnic minority representation in the British Army is “nowhere near where it needs to be.”

Installed last year as the Chief of the General Staff, Gen. Carter has reportedly placed a special emphasis on recruiting Muslims into the British Army as to have a more correct reflection of the face of Britain. Overall, non-European ethnic groups in the nation, to including blacks from Commonwealth nations such as Nigeria and Jamaica, as well as Sikhs, Indians, Chinese, Pakistanis and Fijians constitute approximately 10 percent of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. Curiously enough, according to the British Census of 2011, the non-European ethnic groups of the nation also constitute approximately 10 percent of the population.

Britain’s MoD (Ministry of Defence) has also recently released figures that cite a mere 480 Muslims serve Queen and Country by way of donning the Army camouflage field uniform. That’s a minuscule 0.54 percent the total active duty army strength of 88,500. As cited by Newsweek magazine on Aug. 20, 2014, the number of British Muslims serving in all branches of the British Armed Forces is only around 600 total. The remaining 120 British Muslims are literally and figuratively sprinkled through the ranks of the Royal navy, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force.

Published media reports and various government statistics place Britain’s Muslim community at roughly 4.4 percent of the island nation’s population. But when all branches of the Armed Forces are totaled up, the followers of Mohammed comprise an almost microscopic 0.4 percent of all personnel.

London’s The Telegraph reported last November that more than three times as many British Muslims have volunteered to serve the ISIS terrorist network than have vowed to serve their nation in uniform. Member of Parliament Khalid Mahmood (Labour – Birmingham Perry Barr), an area with a rather sizable Muslim constituency, has stated that the London government has purposefully low balled the official number of British Islamic Jihadis fighting in Syria and Iraq.

The authorities say there are 500 British jihadists but the likely figure is at least three to four times that. I think 2,000 is a better estimate.