ALMOST 200 recruits have been withdrawn from Army basic training after failing security checks.
The revelation has sparked fears terrorists may have infiltrated our armed forces.
MI5 agents already believe ex-British soldiers are fighting with Islamic State and may return to the UK to commit atrocities.
But the latest disclosure will fuel fears our services are being targeted by extremists.
Senior Ministry of Defence figures admit infiltration by potential terrorists is almost inevitable and is one of the reasons why security vetting is now treated so seriously.
A Freedom of Information request obtained by the Daily Star Sunday shows that in the last two years, 188 Army recruits were prevented from undertaking training for security reasons.
The recruits were all selected for training but had their applications rejected after they failed the security vetting process.