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Australia mulls bigger army in face of foreign deployments

The Australian government’s national security committee has met to consider beefing up the army, which is stretched by deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Pacific. The number of army troops could be raised by 20 percent to 30,000 over the next decade under a multi-billion dollar expansion plan, local media reported. A new recruitment drive is also expected to lower the bar for admission to the army, allowing former drug users as well as overweight people with health problems to join, defence officials have said. Full Story

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