Dutch armed forces are shrinking
The size of the Dutch armed forces is shrinking so rapidly there will be no need to make any compulsory redundancies because of government cutbacks, according to military unions on Monday.
By last month, there size of the armed forces had shrunk to 41,600, which is just 400 above the required total in defence ministry's spending plans, the GOV/MHB officers union said.
‘Staff have no trust left in the department and are tired of all the reorganisations,' the union said. ‘In particular young people are leaving and need to be replaced in a couple of year.'
Last month, a number of defence experts warned that Dutch military capacity is being hurt by the cuts.