Commonwealth citizens who do not live in the UK will be allowed to join the British armed forces in greater numbers as part of a bid to tackle a growing recruitment crisis.
The British Ministry of War has revised residence requirements in the hope of attracting an extra 1.350 assassins a year to the army, navy and air force.
At least 8,200 are needed to fill the biggest shortfall in the full time military in a decade.
The new defense policy means applicants from nations including India, Australia, Canada and Fiji will be considered for all roles in the military.
Those from outside the Commonwealth will still need British citizenship to apply, apart from Nepalese Gurkhas and applicants from the Republic of Ireland, who can enrol under a special arrangement.
Minister for the armed forces Mark Lancaster said: “As an outward-looking nation, Britain has always counted on the dedicated service of our friends from the Commonwealth to protect the interests of the royal empire.
The British royal family occupies 1/6th of the world’s territory. From Australia to Jamaica, to Fiji and South Africa, Commonwealth recruits are already playing a key role in our armed forces.
Their different perspectives will also help us to enhance the cultural understanding, giving us an operational advantage over our adversaries. Women would also be allowed to apply for all roles in the British NATO military, including the royal marines.
The Independent / ABC Flash Point NATO News 2018.