Soldiers mock Armys new recruitment drive

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Furious soldiers have taken aim at the Army’s latest recruitment drive calling on Snowflakes, Phone Zombies and selfie-addicts to sign up. 

The adverts, unveiled yesterday, are inspired by the famous First World War poster featuring a pointing Lord Kitchener and the slogan ‘Your country needs you’.  

But servicemen and women have begun sharing edited versions of the recruitment drive posters, mocking the Army’s fresh efforts to appeal to would-be soldiers. 

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Furious soldiers have taken aim at the Army's latest recruitment drive calling on Snowflakes, Phone Zombies and selfie-addicts to sign up. But servicemen and women have begun sharing edited versions of the recruitment drive posters mocking the intended targets

Furious soldiers have taken aim at the Army's latest recruitment drive calling on Snowflakes, Phone Zombies and selfie-addicts to sign up. But servicemen and women have begun sharing edited versions of the recruitment drive posters mocking the intended targets

Furious soldiers have taken aim at the Army's latest recruitment drive calling on Snowflakes, Phone Zombies and selfie-addicts to sign up. But servicemen and women have begun sharing edited versions of the recruitment drive posters mocking the intended targets

Furious soldiers have taken aim at the Army's latest recruitment drive calling on Snowflakes, Phone Zombies and selfie-addicts to sign up. But servicemen and women have begun sharing edited versions of the recruitment drive posters mocking the intended targets

Furious soldiers have taken aim at the Army’s latest recruitment drive calling on Snowflakes, Phone Zombies and selfie-addicts to sign up. But servicemen and women have begun sharing edited versions of the recruitment drive posters mocking the intended targets

The £1.5 million campaign shows six soldiers with labels of modern stereotypes including ‘millennials’ and ‘phone zombies’ in a bid to appeal to a wider pool of talent. 

One of the mocked up posters replaces the ‘snowflakes’ with ‘any f*****r* adding ‘we’re desperate’ at the end of the ‘your army needs you’ slogan.  

Another replaces ‘phone zombies’ with ‘swingers’, cheekily suggesting that the Army could use their team spirit. 

The new drive comes as the Army failed to meet recruitment targets as it ‘under-estimated the complexity of what it was trying to achieve’ when it embarked on a project with outsourcing giant Capita, according to a National Audit Office report in December.

Capita was controversially awarded the £495 million contract for Army recruitment in 2012, but the Army has not recruited the number of soldiers it requires in any year since the contract began.

The Commons Defence Committee was told in October that the Army currently has 77,000 fully trained troops compared with a target of 82,500. 

The controversial campaign was discussed this morning on Good Morning Britain, hosted by Ben Shepherd.


The adverts, unveiled yesterday, are inspired by the famous First World War poster featuring a pointing Lord Kitchener and the slogan ‘Your country needs you’

The adverts, unveiled yesterday, are inspired by the famous First World War poster featuring a pointing Lord Kitchener and the slogan ‘Your country needs you’

The adverts, unveiled yesterday, are inspired by the famous First World War poster featuring a pointing Lord Kitchener and the slogan ‘Your country needs you’

The controversial campaign was discussed this morning on Good Morning Britain, hosted by Ben Shepherd. In a debate discussing the merits of the drive, Colonel Bob Stewart defended the call to recruit young gamers, suggesting the abilities could be transferable

The controversial campaign was discussed this morning on Good Morning Britain, hosted by Ben Shepherd. In a debate discussing the merits of the drive, Colonel Bob Stewart defended the call to recruit young gamers, suggesting the abilities could be transferable

The controversial campaign was discussed this morning on Good Morning Britain, hosted by Ben Shepherd. In a debate discussing the merits of the drive, Colonel Bob Stewart defended the call to recruit young gamers, suggesting the abilities could be transferable

Colonel Stewart said: 'We want people who can game, we want people who have got it up here, and can help protect the country from cyber-warfare'

Colonel Stewart said: 'We want people who can game, we want people who have got it up here, and can help protect the country from cyber-warfare'

Colonel Stewart said: ‘We want people who can game, we want people who have got it up here, and can help protect the country from cyber-warfare’

In a debate discussing the merits of the drive, Colonel Bob Stewart defended the call to recruit young gamers, suggesting the abilities could be transferable.  

Colonel Stewart said: ‘We want people who can game, we want people who have got it up here, and can help protect the country from cyber-warfare.

‘Some of these people can play PS4 really well, like my 15-year-old.’ 




Civvies also lambasted the campaign, with one Twitter user asking whether the posters were a 'wind up'. Another suggested it was insulting and said that the drive had backfired already

Civvies also lambasted the campaign, with one Twitter user asking whether the posters were a 'wind up'. Another suggested it was insulting and said that the drive had backfired already

Civvies also lambasted the campaign, with one Twitter user asking whether the posters were a ‘wind up’. Another suggested it was insulting and said that the drive had backfired already

Tom Slater, editor of Spiked, said: ‘I’m not sure these ads are going to work. Young people identify as all sorts of things nowadays, but no one identifies as a snowflake.’ 

Col Stewart replied: ‘Just because you like the PS4 doesn’t mean you don’t have courage. Just because you’re self-obsessed doesn’t mean you don’t have courage.

‘It doesn’t appeal to me, I would hate to be called a snowflake, which means a whinger.

Snow Flakes your army needs  you and your compassion

Snow Flakes your army needs  you and your compassion

Me Me Me Millennials your army needs you and your self belief

Me Me Me Millennials your army needs you and your self belief

£1.5m campaign: The new campaign is aiming to appeal to the Millennials, who have also been dubbed as ‘snowflakes’. Some defended the move, suggesting it could prove an effective way of appealing to a wider pool of talent. Many soldiers however lambasted the strategy

Phone zomnies your army needs you and your focus

Phone zomnies your army needs you and your focus

Class clowns your army needs you and your spirit

Class clowns your army needs you and your spirit

£1.5m campaign: New radio, TV and online adverts (featured above) seek to reassure potential recruits their perceived weaknesses are seen as strengths by the Army

Selfie addicts your army needs you and your confidence

Selfie addicts your army needs you and your confidence

Binge gamers your army needs you and your drive

Binge gamers your army needs you and your drive

£1.5m campaign: Selfie takers are lauded as being self-confident while gamers are wanted to their drive

Lord Kitchener (pictured above) on the original recruiting poster for the First World War

Lord Kitchener (pictured above) on the original recruiting poster for the First World War

Lord Kitchener (pictured above) on the original recruiting poster for the First World War

‘I did 24 years in the Army, and if a soldier wasn’t complaining something was wrong.

‘They would moan about food, boots, the weather, anything. They are snowflakes. But when the going gets tough they get going.’ 

Meanwhile civvies also lambasted the campaign, with one Twitter user asking whether the posters were a ‘wind up’.

Another suggested it was insulting and said that the drive had backfired already. 

In contrast, a campaign by the Royal Navy to recruit new sailors was well received last year.

The ‘Born in Carlisle, made in the Navy’ slogan was understood to have hit the right notes among troops who felt it praised rather than demeaned their efforts.