Was any reason offered up for this, surely it can't be that hard to get a decent number of rounds to each soldier.
Perhaps there is a sinister reason:- if a Brit gets killed because of an ammo shortage, well that's tough, but if he goes on a killing spree that could cause some political embarrasment so best to limit the potential for damage by limiting his ammo.
I was there the first time round in the RCT and got the full 200 +grenades, 66's and other nice large bangy things. In Bosnia we got 100 rounds each but no large bangy things. In Kosovo I got 10 rounds and was told to consider myself lucky.
God, I'm glad I'm a civvy now.
Speedy - in NI in 1979 I had 4 wpns and about oh, that many bits of FMJ, plus that necessary extra stock for when the (training) occasion demanded. Not boasting, just showing that we can be trusted not to massacre the natives if given the wherewithal. I haven't massacre'd anyone, honest.
Although I didn't go to war (was crying under a table at Shrivenham frying my brain and pencils up my nose) one of the lads said he did get 10 rounds but then they found out and he had to give 5 back. God Bless G3! Luckily he was moving Chally 2 so could give good account.