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THE new head of Britain’s armed forces has warned personnel could become cynical 
and detached because deep cuts to the military have not been properly explained to them.

The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Houghton, pictured, has promised to have better communications with servicemen and women about what is happening to the forces.

In an interview with an internal Ministry of Defence magazine, Gen Houghton also cautioned the country needed to ‘recalibrate our expectation’ of the global role and capacity of British forces.

He said: ‘I think we’ve risked people becoming cynical and detached from what defence is trying to do.

‘With transformation for example, this should be more than just communicating a message.

‘We should be doing it in a way that makes everyone feel onside with what is going on, believes in it and can see the part they need to play.’

Defence secretary Philip Hammond said earlier this year that in future, British troops will be deployed pre-emptively and in far smaller numbers to protect countries on the verge of collapse.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: ‘Over the next decade our soldiers, sailors and airmen, backed by state of the art equipment including new aircraft carriers, hunter-killer submarines, [Portsmouth-based] Type 45 destroyers, fifth-generation stealth fighters and a range of armoured vehicles, will provide the UK with a flexible, agile and adaptable force to defend our interests at home and abroad.’