23 Apr 2013

Minister rejects reports of low morale in Defence Force

8:28 pm on 23 April 2013

The Defence Minister has hit back at reports of low morale in the Defence Force, saying the mood of people in the military is actually improving.

A quarterly attitude survey leaked to the Labour Party shows just 4% of Defence personnel ranked workplace morale as very high or excellent.

The survey also shows that a fifth of military personnel, or 21%, are actively looking to get out and only 11% strongly agreed they would recommend the military as a great place to work.

Labour's defence spokesperson Phil Goff said those responses are a huge worry.

But the minister, Jonathan Coleman, says the figures Labour is quoting are outdated.

He says in the three months to April this year, 79% of Defence personnel rated their personal morale as satisfactory or better.

Dr Coleman says the attrition rate in the Army, Navy and Air Force is presently about 16%, which he says is just above target.