Posted on June 26, 2019
The research found one in five people in the UK would never support a military charity and almost 50 percent of those aged 16 to 34 said they do not actively support the armed forces. The lack of support seems to be linked to a widespread lack of awareness of who the Forces are and what they do. More than 2,000 people took part in the survey that was conducted in May this year.
Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Liz James has been a doctor in the navy for more than 10 years and says the results of the survey are frustrating: “I was quite disappointed by the results, that such a proportion don’t support the Armed Forces. Sometimes we’re hidden in plain sight … You don’t see us until you need us. With the tragic events at Manchester, there were a lot of military doctors who turned up to help with their specialist trauma skills but they were not in uniform, so nobody knew they were there.”
Whilst many members of the military are grateful for the public support shown on days like Armed Forces Day – some think the survey highlights that more education and awareness is needed.