I would hope that force levels can be reduced to a sustainable level like Bosnia/Kosovo. If the UK is worried about "over stretch" perhaps cutting 4 battalions of infantry might be ill advised and an effort should be made to bring all units up to full strength. To do this the treasury will have to open the purse to create incentives for civilians to join the army.
4 battalions are being cut to pleases Mr. Adams, Macwhatver his name is. ya knows the Guy who took the Tompson to the Brits on that Sunday in Londonderry and Brown the financial genius who sold off the nations gold cheap.