Dec 3, 2009, 1:19 PM
Even though some traditionalists are now demanding that the foreign military numbers to be capped in the range of 14 or 15 percent limit for the sake of 'Britishness' within it ranks, several observers and respectable commentators have emphasised the vital importance of the services of such foreign military personnel serving the United Kingdom.
So far it has been revealed that there are thousands of
foreign nationals serving in the
Unconfirmed reports have also indicated that certain government officials said they could support the recommended restriction based on founded facts. Human rights bodies and the powerful independent race relations watch dogs also dismissed the idea of such limit and hailed the foreign soldiers as importance and necessary.
Many foreigners residing in the country have indicated that
they are willing to join the
However they demanded that vacancies in the military should also include other crucial position and not only infantry. A lady who identified herself as a West African told presenters that she was proud to apply and face the challenges of the military because the military is her dream job. She said: 'I love to be part of the military for a long time; i think it is a great idea and is my dream job in fact i will apply if i get the opportunity today'.
However Shadow defence secretary Liam Fox this week said
that 'there are problems looming' as far as such recruits are concerned.
According to the opposition conservative official, certain commonwealth
countries are already planning to enact new laws that would deprive the country
of such soldiers. Therefore he suggested that it's vital to recruit and retain
enough soldiers from
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is also adding its voice to the debate stressing that 'there are large issues of principle regarding the matter'. It maintained its stance that foreigners should be allowed the opportunity to enlist in the military if they are lawfully residing in the country. It further indicated that according to the Race Relation Act it is unlawful to treat foreigners working in the country less favourably.
The government said it believes in fairness and has recognised the effort and contribution of such foreign nations in the military; recently certain foreign nationals serving in the military have been awarded with medal or decorated for job well done.
Johnson Beharry from the
Critics who disfavours such awards to other nationals
protested that according to tradition it was only reserve for whites or British
nationals in the military. However they have been told that in 1914 foreigner
Khudadad Khan was awarded the Victoria Cross while William Hall a Royal Navy
officer who happened to be black and born in