Lots of posts and threads on ARRSE dealing with bits of this issue, but nothing I can see looking at the broad context. Current Army establishment is 102,000. This is to reduce to 95,000 by 2015 according to SDSR2010 as announced last year. More recently, it was announced last month (stemming from the FR20 study) that this number will fall to 82,000 by 2020. Structure-wise, the Army will retain 16 AA and 5 x multi-role brigades (MRB). This is effectively a reduction of 1 deployable brigade (19 Light Bde) from current status. In simplistic terms, the loss of 19 Light Bde produces a draw-down of about 5,000 troops. But the numbers now indicate a draw-down of 20,000. Where the hell are they going to come from? In the RAC section, one thread suggests the RAC are going to get off fairly lightly. The assumption being they will maintain both a tank regt AND a recce regt in each MRB. Undoubtably, the RA/RHA will be maintaining an arty regt in each MRB too and probably fighting the RAC for command of that (kharki) recce regt. No MRB will last 5 mins without CSS. The experience of the last few years has demonstrated that the current LSR is about the minimum size possible to support anything greater than light in numbers and light in weight and within arms reach of the PoE. Any weight in the MRB and you need a full REME btn too. Where are these other 15,000 troops cut coming from? The loss of 3 regional div HQs, the downgrading of 1 deployable division and the remanning of the 10 regional brigades will undobtably free up some breathing space. Sigs, it seems, could be hit hard as their support for ARRC is known to be reducing. The non-brigaded RA units (12, 16, 5, 32, 47 & 39) look ripe, but shhhuuurrrlllleeeeeyyyyyy these capabilities have to remain somewhere. The ISTAR stuff must surely be competing with RAC to take the lead on the MRB recce element. What about the div level logs in 101 and 102 Log Bde. Also looking ripe for the cull, but thus leaving the army unable to deploy much beyond the perimeter of the Port of Entry. Also ripe are the theatre level units in 104 Log Bde. I'm sure we can do without a P&M capability. Francise it out to RFA perhaps! I don't think we can remove the RE regt from the MRB if we have an intention of doing post conflict work. The non brigaded regiments are looking vulnerable. Especially the two regiments allocated to RAF air support if the RAF has no aircraft to play with and the RN are providing the aviation base. But still.... Still having trouble finding where the addition 15,000 cuts are coming unless we look at the infantry with a very hard glare and a very sharp knife. 36 battalion you say to feed boots for just 6 brigades!!!!! We currently have 3 battalions in each brigade except 16X and 19X which have 4. Also one in 3X. That's 24. The other 12 are divvied up between London (3), Cyprus (2), Brunei (1), LWC (1) and non-brigaded other (5). I can see the grim reaper with a twinkle in his eye for about 10 battalions there. But still, that's only 7,000 tps! And what a bunfight that will generate as the wegiments go into overdrive publically to save their belts, buckles and funny hats from extinction. And then there's the other option. Sounds daft at first, but when you consider the might of the wegiment effect, you see it has mileage. The RAC are believed to losing one of their sabre squadrons in each of the 5 CR2 regiments. Keep the number of regiments, but reduce the combat power by 25%. Aha! I can see it now, not only will the infantry lose battalions by finite numbers, but I can also see each remaining battalion losing a rifle company to suspended animation to be filled by our illustious part-time volunteers in time of need. Discuss.