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Monday, 11 November, 2002, 20:35 GMT
Fit To Fight
Soldiers
Fit To Fight: 4x4 Reports was on BBC One on Monday 18 November at 1930 GMT.

Recruitment crisis

Are our troops stretched too thinly around the globe to be a credible fighting force?

Adam Holloway investigates recruitment and retention in the British forces, revealing an exodus of highly skilled soldiers and medical services left with an almost 90% shortfall in personnel.

Sir General Michael Rose voices his concerns that the British forces do not have enough troops to fight a prolonged war in Iraq.

Equipment failures

Relying on mobile phones in a war situation?

Guns that fall apart in soldiers' hands? Helmets that are only two-thirds the strength of our allies' helmets?

Simon Weston investigates the stories of dated and unreliable equipment that is putting British troops in peril.

For example, Colonel Bob Stewart reveals how a patrol was left relying on mobile phones in Bosnia when the army's radio system broke down.



Friendly fire

In 1991, nine British soldiers were killed when an American A-10 tankbuster mistook their vehicles for Iraqi tanks.

Eleven years on, Sally Magnusson talks to relatives and soldiers involved in this and other friendly fire incidents.

She investigates exactly what has been done to prevent further friendly fire tragedies.

Mental health

The Washington sniper is the latest ex-soldier to have turned his gun onto innocent civilians. But cases of veterans becoming violent are not unique.

Washington reporter Mishal Hussain reports on the growing concern on both sides of the Atlantic over the mental health of our soldiers.

At the American army base Fort Bragg in North Carolina, four soldiers murdered their wives in a space of just six weeks.

Three were special force agents who had recently returned home from action in Afghanistan.

We talk to a relative of one of the victims and to soldiers in Britain who have been traumatised by war.

With renewed conflict in the Gulf, four reporters investigate the state of Britain's war machine.

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