From today's Glasgow Herald. MoD criticised over use of reservists amid Army cuts IAN BRUCE, Defence Correspondent September 22 2004 THE army has mobilised the equivalent of more than three battalions of part-time territorial soldiers for service in Iraq as it moves towards scrapping four regular infantry battalions to save money, military campaigners claimed yesterday. The Ministry of Defence is also disguising shortfalls in frontline strength by including the 2000 territorials called up for temporary duty in overall manpower figures, they claim. Geoff Hoon, the defence secretary, told the Commons defence select committee last week that there were "103,500 or thereabouts" troops in the Army, but failed to mention that this included reservists called up for service in Iraq, the Balkans and Afghanistan. Jeff Duncan, campaign manager of the Save the Scottish Regiments organisation, said it was "the economics of the madhouse" to drag part-timers out of their civilian jobs for service in combat zones while the MoD pushed through plans to disband regular units. An MoD source said: "We have operated on a 'one army' basis, in which the TA represents 25% of our fighting strength, for many years. While the prospect of the Soviet 3rd Shock Army charging into Germany has receded, other crises have arisen and the part-timers have played crucial roles in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq."