150 Reserve troops?


A current affairs topic but in Von Browns statment he mentions:

"There are currently about 9,000 UK troops stationed in Afghanistan.

There are also 150 reserve troops in the country which the Ministry of Defence said would be available for further temporary deployments. "

Only 150? (by reserve im assuming they meen TA and reservists) was under the impression that we had close to 10% of the total troops in theatre TA/reg reserve?
I think he is using the reserve word in the sense of troops uncommited to a particular task - so can be used in a surge capacity or to supplement other force elements as required.

Every deployed force has to have a reserve of that nature and if you use it, you have to reconstitute it.

He wasn't referring to reservists (although some of the reserve might actually be reservists). :)


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Usually this refers to a Company or so from whoever is in Cyprus - the nearest we've got to a Bn in a Desert/Mountain environment, I suppose :)

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