.It may be worth bearing in mind the following stats when trying to determine the dynamics of how individuals and units within the British Army would behave in any internal political crisis:
The military population of Britain including wives and children was 230,000. Of 43,000 married quarters 1/3rd were in Aldershot, Catterick, Colchester or Bulford/Tidworth, the other 2/3rds distributed across 160 towns in the UK. Only the Parachute Regiment and Household Division retained permanent established garrison bases with permanent married quarters.
After the 1977 report on pay, the increase in rents and food charges "created great bitterness and a deep mistrust of the Government" (quote: House of Commons). 8,000 Army families received Social Security benefits to prevent them falling below the breadline. 908 Army officers applied for premature voluntary release in 1977–78. Some 4,643 men left the Army prematurely at their own request during that same period.
Almost 50% of private soldiers were recruited from the industrial North-East of England and Scotland, but only 15% serving in regular regiments were based there. Only 3% (average) of the British Army were registered voters.