Iâ€™ve been reading various military forums for a while and there seems to be a common trend, apparently standards are declining. Now Iâ€™ll state here and now that I do not believe that standards are falling across the board, it is a continual life cycle and personnel and working beliefs reflect society. When I was in the Marines there were always conversations or drip sessions on how blokes werenâ€™t as good as 10-20 years ago etc. Things were always harder, better, stronger faster etc in their day. Well the recent exploits in Iraq have proved that the modern British Forces can operate just as well as they could in the past. However if it is getting harder to find quality personnel and if the PC world is taking standards down a notch then perhaps this could be a way forward. Specialise our forces. Raise standards to such an extent that the dross will have to leave and the best can shine. Slash head counts by getting rid of dead wood and hangers on. Yes our military head count would be drastically reduced but would our military might? We have Nukes and we are a US pocket power so we donâ€™t have to defend against anyone, people donâ€™t invade countries that could give them instant sunrise at a press of a button. The SBS and SAS have proved what a highly skilled and motivated force can manage and they are the model for Special Forces units around the world. We also have the Royal Marines and Airborne regiments that can deploy at a moments notice and punch far above their weight. Would it not be possible to mould the Navy into the same kind of role? A small amount of lethal ships crewed by the best sailors and supported by the best naval personnel. Training damn hard and if anyone doesnâ€™t like it then bye bye. Keep the Nuke subs as that is our main deterrent. But cut down on ships and concentrate on only the best. Same could be done for the RAF, specialize them. Concentrate on ship capable FJâ€™s and ground attack, thus they can work closely with the navy and deploy at short notice. Drastically cut the army and train them to the current standards of the Marines and Paras. The budget should not be cut, but we could then spend it on far superior training and equipment. If you canâ€™t pass the training then out you go. Only the very best stays in. Just an idea, itâ€™s what Iâ€™ll put in motion when the revolution comes and Iâ€™m in charge.