The British military is used too often in civil tasks, according to the majority of people who voted in a Forces News online poll – but only just.
As drivers from the British Army are on standby to deliver fuel at petrol stations across the UK, panic buying continues and queues of motorists grow, we asked the question: Do you think the British military is used too often in civil tasks?
The Government has said Army drivers would be ready to help deliver petrol and diesel on a short-term basis but stopped short of an immediate deployment.
A limited number of Army drivers will now be receiving specialised training, ensuring they are ready to deliver fuel when and where it is most needed.
So do you think the British military is used too often in civil tasks?
In our poll, conducted across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, Forces News found people thought the British Armed Forces were used too often – but the vote was close.
A combined 5,281 votes were cast across the three social media platforms.
Of the total number who voted, 2,671, or 50.6%, thought the British Military was used too often in civil tasks.
This compared to 2,610, or 49.4%, thinking the military was not used too frequently.