After a meeting in Oslo on Thursday with Allied counterparts, the UK Defense Minister, Ben Wallace, warned that British army ranks are about to be at a 200-year low after cost reductions were approved by varying ministers last year. “If we just want to stay at home and do a bit of tootling around, we’ve got an armed forces big enough,” Wallace told British newspaper, The Times. Wallace went on to say that the UK’s “international alliance of 30 people,” meaning NATO, would continue to be Britain’s military deterrent given the country’s dwindling ranks.
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Wallace went on to explain that the sufficiency of the UK’s Army is determined by the government’s foreign policy objectives saying, “We get in trouble when governments promise things without baking them up – they want to be everywhere… but they don’t fund it.”
Britain’s Army is expected to drop approximately 10,000 troops bringing its total number of soldiers to a 200-year low at just 72,500 soldiers – the lowest numbers seen since the Napoleonic Wars.