Former troops who failed drug tests are being PAID £10,000 to go back into the Army

THE Army is offering £10,000 “golden hellos” to former troops who were kicked out after failing drugs tests.

Desperate MoD officials have been trying to plug a recruitment gap by contacting thousands of ex-soldiers who used cocaine, ketamine, cannabis and other illegal substances, according to The Mail on Sunday.

Ex-soldiers who have previously takek drugs will be allowed back into the Army
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Offenders can re-enlist just two years later, the paper said.

Last week The Sun revealed how Coldstream Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Lall, the first to wear a turban during Trooping the Colour, was kicked out after testing positive for cocaine.

Falklands War hero Simon Weston, 57, said of the golden hellos: “I am truly appalled.”

An MoD spokesman said applicants must pass a drugs test. He added: “We have always welcomed applications from individuals whose circumstances have changed since they left.”

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