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People, intelligence and special forces
Michael Clarke

639 troops, with some 5,000 ‘wounded in action’. But a media perception emerged that somehow all military personnel were likely to be damaged by their different experiences. Recent research does not confirm the popular view (Wessely 2013 : 205–8). It is emphatically not the case that a high proportion of homeless are ex-service personnel – the real proportion seems to be around 5% to 6% (mainly young and ex-Army) (Royal British Legion 2009 ). Nor is it the case that they are overly represented in the prison

in The challenge of defending Britain
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Military operations
Michael Clarke

doing, or what reorganisations and economies did not take place because of the relentless drumbeat of operations. At its peak, the 2006–14 Afghanistan operation absorbed the efforts of almost 50% of Britain’s available ground forces. Or again, care for veterans, historically low in Britain, might demand far more – around 66,000 ex-service personnel might need long-term health support (Diehle and Greenberg 2016 ). Most eye-catching, however, is the fact that the second Iraq and the second Afghanistan operations

in The challenge of defending Britain