Concerns Raised Over Number Of Troops Fit For Deployment
The Ministry of Defence has responded to concerns about the number of personnel fit for overseas deployment by stating it has “enough people to perform their operational requirements”. As many as 7,200 troops are not currently medically fit enough to be sent abroad, a Freedom of Information request by the Times has revealed. A further 9,910 service personnel are exempted from certain tasks when out on exercises or operations for medical reasons.
A spokesperson for the MOD said:
“Individuals are medically downgraded for a wide variety of reasons, most of which are minor health concerns that don’t prevent personnel from fulfilling their core duties.
“The Armed Forces have enough people to perform their operational requirements to keep Britain safe.”
Troops are divided into three categories; those who are fit for duty without any employment limitations are classed as Medically Fully Deployable (MFD). Medically Limited Deployable (MLD) service personnel are those with only minor ailments, such as sports injuries or ingrown toenails.
Fit for Deployment
This group is deemed in general fit for deployment with only minor limitations on what duties they may perform. A third category, Medically Not Deployable (MND), includes those personnel who are pregnant or have more serious conditions. Other troops that may not be deployed include those who are under the age of 18 and those who have not completed the appropriate training.