Move to help black recruits

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THE Government's drive to encourage more ethnic minorities to join the Armed Forces may allow new black recruits to serve together in "blocks" to prevent isolation within the services.

The defence minister, John Reid, told the Tory MP Nicholas Soames that this would help to prevent new recruits from being "exposed to those elements who we wish to remove from the Armed Forces". He said the Ministry of Defence was working with the Commission for Racial Equality on this "difficult matter".