In an interview with Sputnik France, a French Army officer, who decided to seek early retirement after spending 25 years in the army’s ranks, explained why so many of his colleagues want to leave the armed forces.
Additional Pressure Over the Terrorist Threat
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the officer said that after the January 2015 terrorist attacks, the military was ordered to patrol the streets of major cities as part of Operation Sentinelle. He added that while patrolling soldiers are paid bonuses for their overtime, there are things that are more important than money.
“In 2011-2012, a computer glitch left half of the country’s ground forces without salaries. People couldn’t pay their debts and bills… Situations like these create a lot of stress and the problem is still there. A serviceperson and their family no longer feel secure about their work they realize they don’t have enough protection,” the officer noted.
Lacking Logistical Support
“We have good logistical support during combat missions, but not enough for training. However, to be able to carry out a combat mission you’ve got to train!” he emphasized.
“The government needs to care more about the [officers’ and soldiers’] families and to offer them material support while their spouses are out on a mission. When recruiting new personnel the army needs to explain how the armed forces really function and the sacrifices new recruits will be required to make,” Richard Labeviere noted.