It cost approximately £42,818 for each adult recruit for 14 weeks of training; it cost even more to train an officer, + your pensions + the cost of medical treatment + all the kit + etc., etc. How much does it cost to pay some bearded jihadist fighting in, let's say, Syria? According to some captured "freedom fighters", they were getting in a region of $100 a month. See the difference? Why do states need armies? To protect their borders and to occupy new territories. Do you know any army that can stomp onto British or US territory with a view to conquer and occupy UK or US? I don't think so. Can you name any country US or UK conquered and occupied in the past, let's say, 25-30 years? No. What happens, US/UK ruling elites take possession of other countries through destabilising them, plunging them into chaos, and putting mechanisms in place that enable US/UK to control that chaos. You don't need very expensive, highly skilled military to achieve that! All you need is a bunch of thugs who can be given weapons and directed at the next target-state under whatever pretext (holly war, money, revenge, etc.). Thus, highly professional Western armies, mainly those of US and UK, can be cut down to a minimum necessary size required for training "bearded armies", planning the operations for them and fighting against those "beards" who will turn to bite the hand that supports them. Libya and Syria are simply large training grounds where US/UK elites are testing their new "mercenaries". As for you... You will continue to be killed and maimed at the hands of your new colleagues, like you do in Afghanistan and Iraq. Something to think about for those of you who still retained the capacity to think. And on a different note, ÂÇÃËßÄ / Ñèðèÿ. Íàêàíóíå âîéíû the paper opened an on-line report page where it will monitor situation in and around Syria twice a day, with hot news in between.