British forces no longer fit for purpose, former UK service chiefs warn

Armed forces near breaking point with navy underfunded and air force at edge of capacity, Commons committee told

Former UK service chiefs have launched a devastating critique of the state of British forces, saying they were no longer fit for purpose and that the army was 20 years out of date.

Gen Sir Richard Barrons, who retired last year as commander of joint forces command, said the armed forces are close to breaking point, with the navy underfunded and the air force at the edge of its engineering capacity.

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