Army branches are being disbanded, with the number of active and reserve soldiers down to around 2,000, according to the U.K. Army.
According to the National Archives, the number is about one-tenth of the original number of troops in the U: 5,000.
The move was announced in March 2018, and comes as the U, like many other countries, is grappling with the rise of extremist groups such as the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
The U.k. government said it was concerned about the number, saying that it was likely to lead to a higher rate of terrorism.
“The Department of Defense is currently considering whether it is appropriate to change the composition of the Reserve Forces as the service’s strength is decreasing,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
But some have been quick to say that the numbers are far too low.
Michael Gove, former Conservative MP and Conservative chairman of the House of Commons, said in March that he was “concerned” about the size of the army.
He told The Independent: “I think it’s very worrying that, in fact, we are having to cut our reserves by 30,000 because we can’t afford to keep the forces going.
We have got to start looking at how to reduce our size of military and the military is not doing a very good job at doing that.”
The National Archives is currently working on a new set of census forms to be used by the government to determine the population size of Britain’s military.
However, the Army will not be able to count the soldiers as they are no longer active.
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