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UK will rely on military allies, says army chief

By Ellen Branagh

Britain will increasingly have to rely on military alliances in the wake of changes across its armed forces, the head of the army has said.

General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff, said the army would be "tauter and more efficient" once thousands of men leave Germany over the next few years, but its capability would not be "quite as resilient".

Speaking at a major parade to mark the renaming of the army's only armoured division, and the start of its "farewell" after more than 50 years in Germany, Gen Wall said: "I think we've done a very good job of reducing the amount of manpower in the army as was required really by the country's financial situation.

"It was more about that than about the sense of a safer world, I think it's fair to say.

"I think from a broader perspective it's a narrowing of opportunity for where to serve and the sorts of jobs that are available in the British army," he added.

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