The Mail Online report:

The number of rookie soldiers joining the Army has dropped by more than a third since the Government outsourced recruitment in a £440million deal aimed at saving money.

The number of recruits attending selection interviews and tests has fallen by 35 per cent since a 10 year deal was made with private services company Capita back in March.

The number of those signing up for officer roles has dropped by nearly half, according to the Daily Telegraph.

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