UK military could run out of ammo in single afternoon – ex-commander

British armed forces have been “hollowed out by spending cuts,” General Richard Barrons has said

FILE PHOTO: British soldiers stand in front of a military vehicle during a press conference of the Polish and Lithuanian president following a joint visit of the NATO Multinational Division North East mobile command center. ©  Wojtek RADWANSKI / AFP

The UK could deplete its ammunition stocks in mere hours should it be drawn into large-scale fighting, a former British commander warned on Thursday. This and other issues make the UK military unfit to be regarded as a “top tier” NATO member, he said.

Retired General Richard Barrons, who formerly headed the UK’s Joint Forces Command, sounded the alarm in an op-ed published by The Sun in which he said the fighting force has been “hollowed out by spending cuts.” 

Barrons claimed that the British armed forces “are smaller and less ready to fight than at any time in living memory.” He also warned that the UK Army is on course to slip below 76,000 troops. However, even these service members often do not receive adequate training, Barrons noted.

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