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Overstretched and over there

By Tom Chatfield  

Britain’s armed forces remain among the world’s finest—but, at a time which has seen their deployment in a number of unpopular, costly and distant wars, undermanning and public indifference have become issues of critical importance.

In his essay for Prospect this month, James Fergusson looks at the troubled present and future of Britain’s military covenant—what it means today, what status military service now has as a career, and how the armed forces conceive their own roles in the nation and the world.

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