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U.K. Army Chief Expresses Shock When Budget Was Reduced, FT Says

U.K. General Peter Wall said that while the government’s decision this week to cut its army to the lowest level since the Napoleonic wars was a shock, he is confident the force will meet modern challenges, the Financial Times reported.

The military will do more to train foreign armies to improve the management of their own country’s security, providing more support to civil authorities and reducing the focus on long campaigns, the newspaper said, citing an interview with Wall.

One of the issues that needs be handled carefully is the compulsory redundancies of as much as 10 percent of the army, Wall, the chief of the General Staff, told the FT.

Wall also wants significant spending from the government this year on new barracks and facilities to house the 20,000 troops returning from Germany, the newspaper said.

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