British ethnic minority communities and the armed forces

Mohammed Ishaq, Asifa Hussain

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract


The issue of recruiting ethnic minorities into Britain’s public sector institutions has become a highly political one in recent years. One of the institutions that has been at the forefront of the government’s initiatives has been the armed forces. Under the direction of the Ministry of Defence, the forces have made progress in courting ethnic minorities. However, the advances have been limited. In view of this, the forces have been very anxious to gauge the views of minority groups in order to identify and address current gaps in policy. This article reports the results of a survey which was aimed at eliciting the responses of ethnic minorities to issues such as: the desirability of a military career; the extent of a family tradition of military service; the degree of awareness of measures to attract minorities; and suggestions that would help to recruit more ethnic minorities. The responses generated will serve to indicate the extent to which a reassessment of current recruiting strategies is required.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)722-739
Number of pages18
JournalPersonnel Review
Volume31
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Fingerprint

national minority
military
community
minority
military service
ministry
public sector
Military
career
Group

Keywords

  • Equal opportunities
  • Ethnic groups
  • recruitment
  • Personnel policy
  • Armed forces

Cite this

Ishaq, Mohammed ; Hussain, Asifa . / British ethnic minority communities and the armed forces. In: Personnel Review. 2002 ; Vol. 31, No. 6. pp. 722-739.
@article{230335899365455495d4ce353b4ca657,
title = "British ethnic minority communities and the armed forces",
abstract = "The issue of recruiting ethnic minorities into Britain’s public sector institutions has become a highly political one in recent years. One of the institutions that has been at the forefront of the government’s initiatives has been the armed forces. Under the direction of the Ministry of Defence, the forces have made progress in courting ethnic minorities. However, the advances have been limited. In view of this, the forces have been very anxious to gauge the views of minority groups in order to identify and address current gaps in policy. This article reports the results of a survey which was aimed at eliciting the responses of ethnic minorities to issues such as: the desirability of a military career; the extent of a family tradition of military service; the degree of awareness of measures to attract minorities; and suggestions that would help to recruit more ethnic minorities. The responses generated will serve to indicate the extent to which a reassessment of current recruiting strategies is required.",
keywords = "Equal opportunities, Ethnic groups, recruitment, Personnel policy, Armed forces",
author = "Mohammed Ishaq and Asifa Hussain",
year = "2002",
doi = "10.1108/00483480210445999",
language = "English",
volume = "31",
pages = "722--739",
journal = "Personnel Review",
issn = "1758-6933",
publisher = "MCB University Press",
number = "6",

}

British ethnic minority communities and the armed forces. / Ishaq, Mohammed; Hussain, Asifa .

In: Personnel Review, Vol. 31, No. 6, 2002, p. 722-739.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - British ethnic minority communities and the armed forces

AU - Ishaq, Mohammed

AU - Hussain, Asifa

PY - 2002

Y1 - 2002

N2 - The issue of recruiting ethnic minorities into Britain’s public sector institutions has become a highly political one in recent years. One of the institutions that has been at the forefront of the government’s initiatives has been the armed forces. Under the direction of the Ministry of Defence, the forces have made progress in courting ethnic minorities. However, the advances have been limited. In view of this, the forces have been very anxious to gauge the views of minority groups in order to identify and address current gaps in policy. This article reports the results of a survey which was aimed at eliciting the responses of ethnic minorities to issues such as: the desirability of a military career; the extent of a family tradition of military service; the degree of awareness of measures to attract minorities; and suggestions that would help to recruit more ethnic minorities. The responses generated will serve to indicate the extent to which a reassessment of current recruiting strategies is required.

AB - The issue of recruiting ethnic minorities into Britain’s public sector institutions has become a highly political one in recent years. One of the institutions that has been at the forefront of the government’s initiatives has been the armed forces. Under the direction of the Ministry of Defence, the forces have made progress in courting ethnic minorities. However, the advances have been limited. In view of this, the forces have been very anxious to gauge the views of minority groups in order to identify and address current gaps in policy. This article reports the results of a survey which was aimed at eliciting the responses of ethnic minorities to issues such as: the desirability of a military career; the extent of a family tradition of military service; the degree of awareness of measures to attract minorities; and suggestions that would help to recruit more ethnic minorities. The responses generated will serve to indicate the extent to which a reassessment of current recruiting strategies is required.

KW - Equal opportunities

KW - Ethnic groups

KW - recruitment

KW - Personnel policy

KW - Armed forces

U2 - 10.1108/00483480210445999

DO - 10.1108/00483480210445999

M3 - Article

VL - 31

SP - 722

EP - 739

JO - Personnel Review

JF - Personnel Review

SN - 1758-6933

IS - 6

ER -