According to this article Defence spending: thousands of troops to be cut - Telegraph, it looks like drastic. I know I may be overreacting as this may be one of those favoured "trial leaks" to see how the public will take it as they seem to be covering their backs in the wording, but it still looks very well costed (the tin foil hat wearer in me thinks probably by civil servants in the MoD who have screamed "its them or us"). Especially the ease that it trips off their tongues that "Soldiers could also be ordered to serve longer on the front line in Afghanistan, and be given less time to recuperate between tours." Fair enough to say that Cyprus is not an operational tour (for anyone who wasn't out there a few years back when it all flared up at Aki), but do they they make it sound like an operational tour recuperation and preparation is the same as a break for a salesman after a trip to Norwich for a few months - nice to comfort the wifey, but not required in the bigger scheme of things, rather than an essential recovery. I am willing to put big money if it does go ahead that they wont put any significant amount into the psych services they will need for the care of blokes they have sent out there for these extra times without time to wind down from it.