MOD Recruitment Website Criticisms

The Celtic League has castigated the British Ministry of Defence for including on its recruitment website specific information saying that citizens of the Republic of Ireland are eligible to join the British Army.

Earlier this month there was concern in Ireland when unemployed people in the City of Limerick were circulated with information advising them to seek career opportunities in the British Army.

It was pointed out that the Laws of Ireland make it a criminal offence to encourage a person to join a foreign army (Section 312 of the Defence Act 1954).

The Celtic League has pointed out that the wording on the MOD website could encourage persons in Ireland either by ignorance or ineptitude to break the law and as such it is an affront to a friendly neighbouring State (See below):

“The Secretary of State for Defence
MOD Ministerial Correspondence Unit
5th Floor, Zone A
Main Building
Whitehall, London
SW1A 2HB

11/05/10

Dear Minister,

I draw your attention to the fact that recruitment literature was recently distributed in the City of Limerick advising unemployed persons about career `opportunities’ in the British Army.

The job centre, which was promoting this recruitment, has subsequently had to rescind the material as it is breach of the laws of Ireland to encourage a person to join a foreign army (Section 312 of the Defence Act 1954).

The Celtic League is aware that the British government and Ministry of Defence have no control over what career materials are issued in Ireland (or indeed any other State). However the statement on the MOD British army website (link below) saying that you are eligible for membership of the British Army if you are:

“a citizen of the UK, Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.”

could be construed as encouraging citizens of a neighbouring State through either ignorance or ineptitude to break the law.

I trust that you will consider rewording the section of the website and removing the words “or the Republic of Ireland” so as to ensure that it does not encourage citizens of a friendly neighbouring State to break the law.

https://www.army.mod.uk/infantry/regiments/6735.aspx

Yours sincerely,

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information”

Link to related media item here:

https://www.theirishworld.com/article.asp?SubSection_Id=2&Article_Id=13743

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League

11/05/10

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