In less than a fortnight HM\'s Government intend to axe the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. The Regiment is well recruited and in 2003 served with distinction in Iraq. They were the first allied unit to enter Iraq and secure the start line. They captured the city of Basra and in that campaign alone won many decorations for acts of bravery. The regiment has a long and proud history of service to the crown. They won the first 2 VC\'s of the Great War, 6 VC\'s in one action at Gallipoli in 1915 just to mention a few. More recently The regiment served with honour in the 1990/91 Gulf war, and has since carried out very difficult peace keeping duties in Bosnia in 1995, 96, Kosovo 98, 2000. After the first Gulf War they lost a battalion to the controversial Options for Change.
In today’s\' uncertain and unstable world where security is a major concern it seems absolute madness to disband yet another Infantry unit. Such a disbandment will only increase the pressure on this already over stretched; un appreciated yet professional army. The results of which will be longer deployments for soldiers and greater strain on the families.
The MoD says that the requirement is for more logistical support units. If that is the case then why are Artillery, Armoured, Engineer, Logistics and Signals units being deployed in an Infantry capacity These units are not trained or experienced as proper Infantry to carry out these duties. There is an increased dependency on the use of Territorial and reserve troops to back fill shortfalls that should not be there. These shortfalls are the result of ministerial neglect and an unwillingness to invest sensibly in Defence. The MoD employs thousands of civil servants that do very little. Axing the \"Back room\" civil servants could pay for 10 new Infantry battalions
The British Government is showing complete disregard for the welfare of the soldiers they command.
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