This sound like something out of The Onion:
CANBERRA, Australia – Australia’s navy gets a big Christmas gift this year: two months paid vacation for most sailors that will ease the effects of a recruiting slump but make the service Down Under look something like a part-time operation.
The navy hopes that by making life on the sea more family-friendly, it will attract the extra 2,000 sailors it needs achieve its target strength of 15,000.
All ships and subs not on operational deployments will be recalled to port and the personnel, apart from a “skeleton crew” for security will be given extra time off. Apparently there is usually some sort of a break at this time of the year.
Neil James, executive director of the independent security think-tank Australian Defense Association, agreed the shutdown was not radically different from previous years, although it was a few weeks longer and would involve more ships remaining in dock.
More ships for longer. Sounds pretty different to me.
If the only way to recruit more people is to turn off the navy for two months out of every year, what’s the point of recruiting more people?