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More foreign nationals living abroad will be able to join the armed forces, the government is to announce.

Currently, only 200 Commonwealth citizens per year can apply without having lived in the UK for five years.

But in a bid to recruit more servicemen and women to the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, the Ministry of Defence is lifting this cap.

The armed forces are short of 8,200 soldiers, sailors and air personnel, a report found earlier this year.

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