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Drop in SAS numbers 'could be dire blow to UK'

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A letter leaked to the Telegraph has revealed that the SAS, Britain's widely respected special forces unit, is facing a shortage of recruits.

Defence correspondent Jonathan Beale analyses the drop in numbers.

And Patrick Mercer, a former infantry officer and Conservative MP, looks at what can be done to foster this "very precious arm" of the army.


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