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Maybe the US should invade New Zealand, seems like an easy mark........

New Zealand is running out of soldiers, have only 1 Battalion worth.

New Zealands two infantry battalions are in a bad way at less than 50% of full strength. Anyone want to join our army? All applications gratefully recieved.

Can you call it a battalion if it only has 193 soldiers in it?

The army's largest fighting units - its two infantry battalions - are way below strength.

In June, the first battalion based at Linton had just 232 troops and the second battalion at Burnham had 193, according to figures given to Parliament's foreign affairs and defence committee yesterday.

The Defence Force later issued figures saying that at the end of October its two battalions had more than 400 troops each. The ideal battalion size is at least 500.

National Party defence spokesman Wayne Mapp said the figures presented to the committee showed the army was seriously undermanned and was not able to do what the Government needed it to.

It meant New Zealand could not deploy and maintain a battalion of troops as it did in East Timor between 1999 and 2002.

Defence chief Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae said that with so many troops now serving in Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands, it did not have a battalion available for any other contingency.

However, some units were available if required for a critical short-notice deployment in the region.
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