Facing a recruitment crisis, the Royal Navy recently turned to social media, specifically LinkedIn, to advertise a critical position – Director of Submarines, as per reports by NDTV.
This move sheds light on the broader challenges confronting the UK armed forces in recruiting qualified personnel.
The ad underscores the clandestine nature of the role: "Unseen and unhindered, the silent strength protecting from beneath the waves. The Royal Navy is recruiting for a Director of Submarines, responsible for highly classified stealth, elite operations, and trident, our nuclear deterrent."
Applicants for this high-ranking position are required to be a member of the reserves forces or have served with the regular forces.
It's important to note that the Director of Submarines holds significant responsibility, overseeing elite operations and the nation's nuclear deterrent.
However, the Royal Navy's decision to turn to social media for such a crucial role has sparked criticism from experts and users alike.
It highlights the challenges the UK armed forces are facing in finding suitable candidates internally.
This move comes at a time when the Royal Navy had earlier decommissioned two warships due to a shortage of sailors.
A recent government report also indicates that the UK Navy has performed the worst among the three armed services in terms of recruitment over the past year.
The struggle to fill key positions has also raised concerns about the overall readiness and capabilities of the Royal Navy.
Nayan Dwivedi is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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