I've looked at this for a while now and I can't see any good reason but one for vutting the army strength, and particularly for cutting regiments out altogether. The army is overstretched, and for fcks sake, we have 38% of personnel in Iraq are TA. Apart from, what the fck are the TA doing in Iraq, what the fck can we do if we need more troops? More TA deplyment? More reservists? CCF? Army Cadets? It's a fcking joke. The reasons given are that the regiments are understrength...well recruit more then. I don't believe for one minute that there is a real problem in recruiting, or if there is it's because the conditions and pay are fcking shyte. Let's face it, who wants to go from Bosnia (shitehole) to Iraq (shitehole) to Afghanistan (another shitehole) for most of the year, every fcking year. So of course they have a recruiting problem. Just wait and see the recruiting problems they have with TA after the blokes get back from Iraq and tell their mates and prospective TA members. This is about saving money, and restructuring the army in readiness for Europe. Bliar has fcked up in every way and the country is sliding into massive national debt with all the promises and taxes, so there has to be savings where the majority won't notice. Make the army smaller and destroy the esprit d'corps inherent in these old regiments, and voila, the army and the country grows more reliant on outside forces, like European cnuts. I say the public should tell Blir to fck off and then hang the cnut.