Comment of the day: Fear for troops as ‘war games’ training is axed amid budget cuts by Ian Dury in the Daily Mail

One in ten military exercises have been axed, raising fears that British troops are not being properly prepared for war.

Defence chiefs have scrapped 38 training deployments for soldiers, sailors and airmen in 2009 – 9 per cent of those planned.

Former military commanders and opposition MPs branded the decision ‘ regrettable’ and warned it could jeopardise the safety of service personnel.

Live exercises are crucial because they allow troops to hone their skills by simulating war zone situations. They offer an opportunity to get used to kit, weapons and vehicles before they are sent on operations.

But figures uncovered by the Tories reveal a raft of exercises have been shelved for financial reasons. Read in full in the Daily Mail.

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