As a soldier I was perplexed to learn that the English army of the once mighty British nation is to be reduced from 104,000 to 82,000. For a soldier and a student of history like me it brings to my mind poignant thoughts. Here was a nation with a global reach now reduced to having an army of just a little more than 2 divisions. It’s like history having come full circle and now England from a global power is reduced to little more than a regional power.
The cut is perhaps inevitable as the UK’s global role has diminished
The downsizing of the army must be a bitter pill for the English. The navy and the air force are also downsized.
Britain is still a permanent member of the Security council but one can be pretty sure that in another 4/5 decades the Security council will have to be revamped to make representative the new breed of world powers who will emerge. I am afraid the UK may not be part of that scenario.
Britain had become a part of the European Union. But the EU is already gasping for breath and may not last for another 5 decades. This is part of history and the historical cycle sways to and fro. It is now moving towards the East and the new stars could be China and India. One only hopes the Brits don’t have to further downsize their army to 60,000.