From British daily The Independent:
Exclusive report: Soldiers need loans to eat, report reveals
Senior figures react angrily to damning indictment of life inside the Army. Jonathan Owen and Brian Brady investigate
Sunday, 11 May 2008
A highly sensitive internal report into the state of the British Army has revealed that many soldiers are living in poverty. Some are so poor that they are unable to eat and are forced to rely on emergency food voucher schemes set up by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Some of Britain’s most senior military figures reacted angrily yesterday to the revelations in the report, criticising the Government’s treatment of its fighting forces.
The disturbing findings outlined in the briefing team report written for Sir Richard Dannatt, the Chief of the General Staff, include an admission that many junior officers are being forced to leave the Army because they simply cannot afford to stay on.
See also here.
Poverty in Afghanistan, see here.
Sharp increase in mental illness among US troops during 2007: here.