MOD Pen Pusher Defends 77,000 Other Pen Pushers
Royal Navy and RAF 'outnumbered by MoD civil servants'.... the number of civilian officials (86,620), was about 12,000 more than the Royal Navy (34,830) and RAF (39,260) put together....The focus on MoD civilian manpower at a time when the Army (99,920 strong) is stretched by the commitment to provide 9,000 troops for Afghanistan is likely to be an issue between the Conservatives and the Government in the build-up to the general election next year.
The MoD hit back, saying it was wrong to suggest that civil servants “just pushed pens”. It said: “The Armed Forces are supported on the front line by civil servants. These are not just men and women sitting behind desks. We are talking about the thousands of scientists who design protective equipment such as body armour or research antidotes for troops under biological attack, not to mention the MoD police force or Britain’s Merchant Navy — the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
Me thinks the MOD desk jockey complains too much - Most of the research was sold off as QinteQ some time ago and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) only employs 3,500. (DARPA - the US equivalent only employs 240). So that leaves 83,000 who aren't designing body armour or tweaking microbes.
Which still leaves about 77,000 pen pushers...