MOD Announce Massive U-Turn on Germany Drawdown

#1
Just found this on the BBC, no existing thread as far as I could see in the search results.

Amid renewed East-West tensions, Ministry of Defence announce U-turn on Army withdrawal from Germany – Some bases to be reopened and partly staffed by former soldiers in Brexit pre-emptive move.

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Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Defence, gave a brief speech on the steps of his Whitehall HQ to assembled journalists, as aides distributed copies of the speech, which is reproduced in full below:

“The developing political narrative between East and West has caused both ourselves and our allies to re-evaluate force disposition. In particular, the drawdown of British Forces Germany has been brought into focus, and is understandably, of particular concern to the German Federal government. While Germany may be the economic powerhouse of Continental Europe, it has more of a military deficit than an economic one. On the other hand, we are in the reverse situation in the United Kingdom. The classic “win-win” situation.

The department was initially approached under the auspices of the Bundesministerium für gepißte Matratzen (BmgM) in late 2017, with a view to reconsidering our drawdown plans. Both governments recognise the expediency in taking action now, from within the European Union, rather than post-Brexit, and therefore outside the Union. The German government have made it clear from the initial request, that they would be grateful for our support from a military perspective, are prepared to fund additional costs incurred by the United Kingdom in rendering such assistance.

I am now pleased to announce, that the agreement reached with the German government is that in exchange for a payment of some EUR3.6bn annually, rising to EUR 5bn by 2020, the British Army will retain/re-deploy a full Armoured Division in Germany, rising to two divisions by 2020, together with associated air support.

In early January, I directed the Chief of the General Staff and the Chief of the Air Staff to work up high-level plans to achieve this ambitious objective this calendar year – clearly a tall order, but time is of the essence. One of the early issues raised was that of manning. I am pleased to report that the Chiefs took onboard this brief, and developed an innovative, viable solution that addresses the immediate need, whilst making use of the resources we already have – some of which are frankly, under-utilised and under-recognised – more of which shortly.

Whilst this is clearly a divergence from extant plans for Army 2020, and indeed its input into Joint Force 2025, I welcome the changes, and am pleased to confirm at this early stage the following immediate measures:

As a baseline, we have agreed with our German hosts to halt existing drawdown plans, and no further units will be returned to the UK, nor barrack facilities relinquished.

In the near term, working closely with the Bundesanstalt für piß gebeizten kaltes Krieges Kämpfern (BpKK), Hohne and Fallingbostel garrisons will be restored to British control as soon as practicable - 1 April 2018 is the current working date. Commander Land Forces will formally stand up HQ 4 (UK) Armoured Division by 1 July 2018 and personnel will shortly receive assignment orders for the new HQ.

Work is in hand with a view to re-activating Wentworth and Hammersmith barracks in Herford, coincidentally HQ 4 (UK) Armoured Division’s postwar historical home. Conveniently, these sites were only relatively recently transferred to BImA. This will enable concentration of warfighting assets in Paderborn/Sennelager and Hohne/Fallingbostel, with C4ISR separation in Herford.

In parallel, the current state of technical and domestic infrastructure at Princess Royal Barracks Gütersloh and the former RAF Laarbruch is being evaluated, with a view to selecting the most appropriate Station for rapid re-activation as a Royal Air Force main operating base.

Additionally, we have teams on site at JHQ Rheindahlen and the nearby former RAF Brüggen/Elmpt Station as I speak, tasked with assessing the potential for re-activation as Headquarters for a 2-division British Forces Germany and a second or third RAF MOB respectively. Pending re-activation of JHQ, HQ 4 (UK) Armoured Division will assume the command responsibilities of the overall British Forces Germany, including RAF units and personnel for the time being.

Turning to the obvious question of increased manning requirements, it is well understood in the modern Army that a certain amount of corporate knowledge has been lost with regard to operating on the north German plain, and to address this, the Army is introducing a “Recall to the Colours - Germany” Engagement, or R-Type(G).

I am particularly proud that CGS has not only recognised the deficit in relevant experience, but has had the foresight to appreciate that we already hold the solution to both this problem, and the wider problem of total numbers, in our Veteran community.

In overview, this 5-year engagement will be open to those who have:

Completed at least six years’ service as a trained soldier (irrespective of capbadge)
Served at least three years in Germany on posted strength.
Left Regular service no earlier than 1 Jan 1998.
Are able to rejoin by their 50th birthday.

Service Personnel returning to the Colours can expect:

Current rates of pay for their rank on discharge, following brief refresher training.
Augmentation of existing pension, whether in payment, or preserved.
Permanent assignment to Germany, similar to MPGS staff in UK postings.
Eligibility for Service Family Accommodation when accompanied.
Maintenance/extension of SOFA – tax free allowances and Local Overseas Allowance (LOA).

Implementation details are currently being staffed, but it is expected that the RAF will offer a similar scheme, again making best use of the experience in the wider military community to fulfil a short-to-medium term need.

Between the bi-lateral re-activation of facilities in Germany, significant force re-establishment and wider Defence community engagement outlined in this brief, I am confident that we are discharging our responsibilities to both our NATO allies and our own Veteran community.”

<ENDS>

Notes to Editors:

SPVA recognize the current difficulties experienced by ab initio recruits in joining HMF, due to ongoing difficulties with the contractor’s systems. Given the urgent nature of this requirement, SPVA have forward-deployed a team to Rochdale Barracks, Bielefeld to administer applications via a hand-sift process, which, with duly noted irony, we expect to be more expedient than the contractor’s system. Former service personnel wishing to register their interest in R-Type(G) engagements are to contact the team via email at gelbehandtaschen@bfgnet.de, stating their service details (regimental number/rank/name and corps/regiment). As these details will already be in the various MOD IT systems, this should be a much more straightforward process than for basic recruits.

BBC Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42833662
 
#6
What camps will they use. Most have been knocked down or having new people living in them
 
#7
Just found this on the BBC, no existing thread as far as I could see in the search results.

Amid renewed East-West tensions, Ministry of Defence announce U-turn on Army withdrawal from Germany – Some bases to be reopened and partly staffed by former soldiers in Brexit pre-emptive move.

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Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Defence, gave a brief speech on the steps of his Whitehall HQ to assembled journalists, as aides distributed copies of the speech, which is reproduced in full below:

“The developing political narrative between East and West has caused both ourselves and our allies to re-evaluate force disposition. In particular, the drawdown of British Forces Germany has been brought into focus, and is understandably, of particular concern to the German Federal government. While Germany may be the economic powerhouse of Continental Europe, it has more of a military deficit than an economic one. On the other hand, we are in the reverse situation in the United Kingdom. The classic “win-win” situation.

The department was initially approached under the auspices of the Bundesministerium für gepißte Matratzen (BmgM) in late 2017, with a view to reconsidering our drawdown plans. Both governments recognise the expediency in taking action now, from within the European Union, rather than post-Brexit, and therefore outside the Union. The German government have made it clear from the initial request, that they would be grateful for our support from a military perspective, are prepared to fund additional costs incurred by the United Kingdom in rendering such assistance.

I am now pleased to announce, that the agreement reached with the German government is that in exchange for a payment of some EUR3.6bn annually, rising to EUR 5bn by 2020, the British Army will retain/re-deploy a full Armoured Division in Germany, rising to two divisions by 2020, together with associated air support.

In early January, I directed the Chief of the General Staff and the Chief of the Air Staff to work up high-level plans to achieve this ambitious objective this calendar year – clearly a tall order, but time is of the essence. One of the early issues raised was that of manning. I am pleased to report that the Chiefs took onboard this brief, and developed an innovative, viable solution that addresses the immediate need, whilst making use of the resources we already have – some of which are frankly, under-utilised and under-recognised – more of which shortly.

Whilst this is clearly a divergence from extant plans for Army 2020, and indeed its input into Joint Force 2025, I welcome the changes, and am pleased to confirm at this early stage the following immediate measures:

As a baseline, we have agreed with our German hosts to halt existing drawdown plans, and no further units will be returned to the UK, nor barrack facilities relinquished.

In the near term, working closely with the Bundesanstalt für piß gebeizten kaltes Krieges Kämpfern (BpKK), Hohne and Fallingbostel garrisons will be restored to British control as soon as practicable - 1 April 2018 is the current working date. Commander Land Forces will formally stand up HQ 4 (UK) Armoured Division by 1 July 2018 and personnel will shortly receive assignment orders for the new HQ.

Work is in hand with a view to re-activating Wentworth and Hammersmith barracks in Herford, coincidentally HQ 4 (UK) Armoured Division’s postwar historical home. Conveniently, these sites were only relatively recently transferred to BImA. This will enable concentration of warfighting assets in Paderborn/Sennelager and Hohne/Fallingbostel, with C4ISR separation in Herford.

In parallel, the current state of technical and domestic infrastructure at Princess Royal Barracks Gütersloh and the former RAF Laarbruch is being evaluated, with a view to selecting the most appropriate Station for rapid re-activation as a Royal Air Force main operating base.

Additionally, we have teams on site at JHQ Rheindahlen and the nearby former RAF Brüggen/Elmpt Station as I speak, tasked with assessing the potential for re-activation as Headquarters for a 2-division British Forces Germany and a second or third RAF MOB respectively. Pending re-activation of JHQ, HQ 4 (UK) Armoured Division will assume the command responsibilities of the overall British Forces Germany, including RAF units and personnel for the time being.

Turning to the obvious question of increased manning requirements, it is well understood in the modern Army that a certain amount of corporate knowledge has been lost with regard to operating on the north German plain, and to address this, the Army is introducing a “Recall to the Colours - Germany” Engagement, or R-Type(G).

I am particularly proud that CGS has not only recognised the deficit in relevant experience, but has had the foresight to appreciate that we already hold the solution to both this problem, and the wider problem of total numbers, in our Veteran community.

In overview, this 5-year engagement will be open to those who have:

Completed at least six years’ service as a trained soldier (irrespective of capbadge)
Served at least three years in Germany on posted strength.
Left Regular service no earlier than 1 Jan 1998.
Are able to rejoin by their 50th birthday.

Service Personnel returning to the Colours can expect:

Current rates of pay for their rank on discharge, following brief refresher training.
Augmentation of existing pension, whether in payment, or preserved.
Permanent assignment to Germany, similar to MPGS staff in UK postings.
Eligibility for Service Family Accommodation when accompanied.
Maintenance/extension of SOFA – tax free allowances and Local Overseas Allowance (LOA).

Implementation details are currently being staffed, but it is expected that the RAF will offer a similar scheme, again making best use of the experience in the wider military community to fulfil a short-to-medium term need.

Between the bi-lateral re-activation of facilities in Germany, significant force re-establishment and wider Defence community engagement outlined in this brief, I am confident that we are discharging our responsibilities to both our NATO allies and our own Veteran community.”

<ENDS>

Notes to Editors:

SPVA recognize the current difficulties experienced by ab initio recruits in joining HMF, due to ongoing difficulties with the contractor’s systems. Given the urgent nature of this requirement, SPVA have forward-deployed a team to Rochdale Barracks, Bielefeld to administer applications via a hand-sift process, which, with duly noted irony, we expect to be more expedient than the contractor’s system. Former service personnel wishing to register their interest in R-Type(G) engagements are to contact the team via email at gelbehandtaschen@bfgnet.de, stating their service details (regimental number/rank/name and corps/regiment). As these details will already be in the various MOD IT systems, this should be a much more straightforward process than for basic recruits.

BBC Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42833662
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#9
Just found this on the BBC, no existing thread as far as I could see in the search results.

Amid renewed East-West tensions, Ministry of Defence announce U-turn on Army withdrawal from Germany – Some bases to be reopened and partly staffed by former soldiers in Brexit pre-emptive move.

View attachment 325713

Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Defence, gave a brief speech on the steps of his Whitehall HQ to assembled journalists, as aides distributed copies of the speech, which is reproduced in full below:

“The developing political narrative between East and West has caused both ourselves and our allies to re-evaluate force disposition. In particular, the drawdown of British Forces Germany has been brought into focus, and is understandably, of particular concern to the German Federal government. While Germany may be the economic powerhouse of Continental Europe, it has more of a military deficit than an economic one. On the other hand, we are in the reverse situation in the United Kingdom. The classic “win-win” situation.

The department was initially approached under the auspices of the Bundesministerium für gepißte Matratzen (BmgM)
Sorry I stopped reading at Federal Ministry for P¡ssed Mattresses.
 
#14
What camps will they use. Most have been knocked down or having new people living in them
You would be pushed to name half a dozen that haven't been knocked down or refurbished to house the general population. Verden - both barracks housing civvies. Lippstadt - converted to flats. St Tonis - bulldozed. RhineD - pretty much a deserted wasteland but could be resurrected. All my old barracks in BAOR that I know the state of.
 
#20
3 out of 4 RAF bases being re-opened is way too good to be true.

We haven't even got an air force big enough to operate out of 3 overseas bases.
 

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