The SAS could be seeing new support in the form of a new elite unit that wouldn’t require Parliament consultation before being sent abroad. Recruitment numbers to the SAS have continued to fall, with this past year only seeing 60 new members. Suggested by a senior SAS officer, the plan would see the 2nd and 3rd Parachute Battalions assimilate into the special forces while retaining their traditional role for when it’s needed. Since 2013 when the former PM David Cameron lost the vote to deploy conventional forces to Syria, these troops have taken on more of a training role. This integration of a new unit will help push traditional troops back into action.
The Crossroads of Special Operations