It is shocking?? but not surprising to read of the damage being done to the army and navy by this government’s budget plans and poor management of the money. I have never known morale so low, or money so badly spent.
The poor state of barracks and quarters has caught the attention of the media. Many soldiers would like to be able to gain a foothold on the housing ladder, like their friends on civvy street. The MOD should look at ways of helping soldiers acquire a property of their own – maybe by allowing them to take on poor MOD housing and fix it up for a share of the equity, coupled with a further share based on their mortgage capacity.??When they leave the armed services the equity could be sold on to the replacement coming into the service under the same equity share/mortgage scheme at market prices.
Officers I have talked to say the army does not have the expertise to go into the housing market, yet that is exactly what it has done in the rented market. Ministers need to move with the times, and let organisations into defence housing that can help arrange the finance. Another way of protecting people from rising house prices would be an army savings scheme that put the soldiers money into financial instruments linked to house prices, so they could be saving for the deposit/share of a house whilst serving.
Each naval person has a home port they return to after each operation. Maybe each soldier should have a home barracks/married quarters they return to after overseas tours. If they are going with their families on long overseas tours the army could help find a temporary tenant for their property to give them an additional rental income. Maybe more marriages would survive the stresses of army life if there was home that remained permanent during their time in the army, where wife and family or husband and family could stay during most courses of duty for the service member of the family.