FAS Announcement

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  1. Details of FAS should be on the Defence Intranet from about 1330hrs onwards.

    Watch and shoot. Watch and shoot.
  2. Hoon live 1230 BBC News 24 / Parlt
  3. I await with baited breath as to what the plans are going to be
  4. Seems to be more on here than normal, probably go thro the roof when the announcements made.
  5. Did he say 1 para were going?
  6. Nah, they're staying as the new "Fairly Special Force". Looks like Jacko got his sweeties there.
  7. 1st Paras are going to be turned into 'Rangers' now!

    Go go power rangers........

    Oh dear, TCH is being grilled now big time! They're all having a go in the commons.....
  8. Would that they'd have a go with something a little more offensive than hash language.
  9. bolloax and I haven't got a TV close by
  10. bbc 5 live on radio
  11. Ancram is putting the boot in! Better than the Salad dodging Soames IMHO
  12. there is a link on BBC news for a live streaming feed from the commons
    200/2004 16 December 2004

    Details of radical modernisation plans to develop a more deployable,
    agile and flexible Army were announced by Defence Secretary Geoff
    Hoon today.

    The Future Army Structure (FAS) will ensure we have:

    * an Army for the challenges of today and tomorrow - it is essential
    that the Army changes to meet the demands of current and future
    operations, is fit for the challenges of the 21st Century and remains
    amongst the best in the world.
    * an Army structured for warfighting - the changes will provide the
    most powerful organisation and capability possible from the available
    * a more effective Army overall - FAS enables the Army to re-invest
    around 3000 people into high demand roles such as engineers,
    logisticians and intelligence operators - the key enablers that allow
    the Army to deliver a robust expeditionary warfighting capability.
    * improved stability - the whole Army will be on a system of
    individual postings. It will improve the career development and
    effectiveness of our soldiers and their ability to balance their
    professional commitments against those they have to their families.
    * more battalions, available to use, not less - by ending the arms
    plot, the out-of-date system of moving regiments around the country,
    or the world, approximately every two years and the improved security
    situation in Northern Ireland.

    Changes to the infantry

    Following the consultation into the future of the infantry announced
    in July, there will the reduction of four battalions from 40 to 36,
    one each from:

    * the Scottish Division (the Royal Scots and The Kings Own Scottish
    Borderers will merge. The resulting new battalion and the other four
    will become part of a new large, single-cap badge regiment, to be
    called the Royal Regiment of Scotland);
    * the area west of the Pennines (The King's Own Royal Border
    Regiment, the King's Regiment and the Queen's Lancashire Regiment
    will amalgamate to form two new battalions within the new King's
    Lancashire and Border Regiment); and
    * the Prince of Wales's Division in the South of England (by merging
    components of the Royal Gloucester, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment
    with, in the case of the Glosters, the Devon and Dorsetshire Regiment
    (which will then transfer to the Light Infantry) and, in the case of
    the remainder, the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment)
    * the Parachute Regiment.

    The highly trained manpower released from the Parachute Regiment will
    form the core of a new, joint dedicated tri-Service "Ranger" unit
    which will be developed over the coming years. This will be
    structured, trained and equipped to provide direct support for
    Special Forces.

    The infantry will also be restructured into large multi-battalion
    regiments. This reflects the decision to phase out the Arms Plot and
    in future, battalions will be fixed by role and largely by location:

    * The Royal Welch Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Wales will
    combine as the Welsh Regiment. They will be known respectively as 1st
    Battalion The Royal Welsh (The Royal Welch Fusiliers) and 2nd
    Battalion The Royal Welsh (The Royal Regiment of Wales).

    * The Staffordshire Regiment, Cheshire Regiment and Worcester and
    Sherwood Foresters will combine as the Mercian Regiment, and be known
    as 1st battalion the Mercian Regiment (Cheshires), 2nd Battalion the
    Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters) and 3rd Battalion the
    Mercian Regiment (Staffords) respectively.

    * The Duke of Wellington's Regiment, The Prince of Wales' Own
    Regiment and The Green Howards will come together to form The
    Yorkshire Regiment and be known as 1st battalion The Yorkshire
    Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own), 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire
    Regiment (Green Howards) and Third Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment
    (Duke of Wellington's).

    The Guards Regiment and Royal Irish will continue to be organised on
    their current basis.

    The Parachute Regiment, Gurkhas, Royal Anglians, Royal Regiment of
    Fusiliers, Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, Royal Green Jackets and
    Light Infantry will continue as multi-battalion regiments.

    Changes to the Army's future structure

    FAS changes involve a shift from the current mix of light and heavy
    forces to a more graduated and balanced structure of light, medium
    and heavy forces. They will provide the most capable organisation
    possible from within the available resources.

    As part of the rebalancing 19 Mechanised Brigade will begin to
    re-role to form the new 'light brigade' in January 2005. It will be
    ready to be deployed, if required, in 2006 when it will serve as the
    contingent NATO response force.

    4 Armoured Brigade will begin to convert to a Mechanised Brigade in
    2006. Other brigades will adopt their new structures around the same
    time - taking forward our commitment to create a more balanced force
    structure of light, medium and heavy forces.

    The manpower freed up by the reduction in battalions will be
    re-invested into key enabling capabilities, such as communications,
    engineers, logisticians, intelligence experts, that allow the Army to
    deliver a robust expeditionary warfighting capability.

    The FAS has enabled plans to be put in place to create new
    capabilities including:

    * an additional commando engineer regiment;
    * a new port and maritime unit;
    * an additional strategic communications unit;
    * a new logistic support regiment for each deployable brigade; and
    * a number of new sub-units including surveillance and target
    acquisition, bomb disposal and vehicle maintenance capabilities.

    The plans will further integrate the TA and Reserves with the Regular
    Army - increasing the sense of identity, improving overall readiness
    and meeting the concerns of TA personnel and their employers.

    * The TA will remain the same size as it is today.
    * The future TA structure will ensure a more relevant, capable and
    usable TA.
    * The Infantry TA will reduce from 15 to 14 battalions and will
    integrate into the new infantry structure restoring a true sense of
    identity at TA battalion level. They will complement the new regular
    infantry structure, drawing them closer together to improve
    operational and training affiliations, greater integration and

    Mr Hoon said,

    "These plans will make the Army more robust and resilient, able to
    deploy, support and sustain the enduring expeditionary operations
    that are essential for a more complex and uncertain world.

    "The move to larger, multi-battalion regiments that these changes
    bring about is the only sustainable way in which to structure the
    infantry for the long term.

    "We must consider these changes to the infantry in the wider context
    of the need to rebalance the Army, and the opportunity it affords to
    reallocate manpower to those areas that we need to develop.

    "The Army has always evolved to meet current and future challenges. I
    am convinced - and so is the Army - that this transformation is the
    right course. The future Army structure will deliver an Army fit for
    the challenges of the future."

    Army Bands

    Mr Hoon also announced a reduction in the Corps of Army Music (CAMUS)
    by around 280 posts. This will result in the reduction of six Army
    bands and reduce the size of a seventh.

    Bands will continue to be identified primarily with regiments and
    corps and, given the importance of military music to the maintenance
    of esprit de corps and regimental spirit, will continue to be
    organised on the basis of their primary role - the provision of Army


    Work is in hand to ensure that individuals affected by all the
    changes are provided with the chance to retrain and re-role to take
    on new tasks. However the reductions in infantry and bandsmen will
    require a limited redundancy programme.

    The Army will continue around its current size. At around 102,000
    strong it will continue to require over 11,000 new recruits every
    year, and offer a wide range of high quality employment and training

    General Sir Michael Jackson, Chief of General Staff, said:

    "The planned Future Structure is good news for the Army. It is about
    setting the Army on the right track to meet the challenges of the

    "While the Army cherishes tradition, it cannot base future capability
    on tradition alone. It has a proud history of embracing necessary
    change. Now is one such time. That is why the British Army is, and
    will remain amongst the best in the world.

    "We have not stopped recruiting. In fact there has never been a more
    exciting time to join. We will still need to recruit around 12,400
    personnel this year and next year around 13,800."