At the time of 'Options for Change' in the early Nineties they cut the recruitment tap off completly. When they needed to recruit again a few years later they turned the recruitment tap on and thought that the recruits would pour out in a flood, but found only a trickle came out.If there were to be redundancies, they would be proportional, you can’t just get rid of the seniors... you still need the rank triangle. (1 x WO, 2 x WO2, 4 x C/SSgt, 8 x Sgt etc...)
If you don’t maintain this balance you’d have to replace all of the seniors, but where from? Just promote the Lance Jacks and Cpls to WO2s and WOs?
If you’ve been accepted to rejoin, relax, you’ve been accepted. They won’t just bin you off before you’ve even got your uniform off of the Q’s.
The Army has a system, like the proverbial sausage factory. Recruits in one end and a process all the way up to CGS. If you stop the input there will be a bubble that feeds all the way through and sometime in the future there will be a gap in trained personnel.
Since that time, whenever there have been Defence cuts they have been careful not to turn the tap off completely.