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Belgium and major military power France, both active in EU and NATO missions, have cut back training to free up troops and NATO planners fear that over time armies may get better at guarding railway stations and airports than fighting wars.Given the homeland operations, some military sources and experts say politicians face a tough choice: to expand the army, summon up reserves or create a new domestic security force – a halfway between the police and military – to replace them as Belgium has chosen to do over the coming years.The operations put 10,000 heavily armed combat troops on the streets in France and 1,800 in Belgium after Daesh attacks in early 2015 .Some 45 percent of soldiers surveyed by the Belgian military in December said they were thinking of quitting – many to the police – as being away had strained families and led to divorce.In Belgium, support for the military is 80 percent, up from 20 percent before the mission.But Belgium's Thys and others see no end to the operations, which give the military an extra argument against years of declining budgets.
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