British army lifts restriction on Commonwealth recruits

The Commonwealth is an association of 53 states, most of them former British colonies, including Australia, Canada and India.

Lancaster also said that a 15-percent limit on Commonwealth nationals in strategic British army positions would be maintained “to sustain operational effectiveness”.

A report by the National Audit Office, an independent government watchdog, found earlier this year that the full-time military was running a 5.7 percent shortfall in its ranks.

An extra 10,600 recruits were required to fill the “largest gap in a decade,” the report said.

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