Australia to Let-Go Foreign Troops: Come HereDec 29th, 2011 | By erico_yu | Category: Asia, Military Spending, Regional Security
Posted on Dec. 29th
Australia’s military is looking to recruit foreign troops, particularly those let go in Britain where the government has announced cutbacks on defense spending, according to a Dec. 27 report.
The Australian Defence Force has struggled to fill recruitment quotas and was seeking highly skilled specialists such as fighter pilots and submarine crews from overseas, The Australian newspaper said.
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) recently sent a delegation to Britain to look into the possibility of recruiting recently retrenched sailors, it added.
The Australian Defence Force, which is facing competition for personnel – particularly engineers – due to the nation’s lucrative mining boom, confirmed that talks had taken place with British officials.