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.