This is a harsh decision and one that probably involves a degree of short-term inefficiency, especially for those so close to the end of their training. The British Army is currently wrestling with how to extract from Germany. The RAF seeing the writing on the wall had closed two bases in the early 1990s and the remaining two by the end of that decade. Thought the Cold War threat is no longer there, but will the rapid downsizing of their Army, Air Force and the Navy not deplete their response capability for small wars like Afghanistan or even Falklands? How will Britain meet its obligation to the NATO in the event of an emergency?