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More cuts or 2 +2 = 5?

#1
Only got round to reading my Sunday paper yesterday, can't see any other mention of this, if there is my apologies.
From the Sunday Times by Michael Smith

More troops to be cut as MoD gets its sums wrong.
The army may lose 20,000 more troops after it leaves Afg. because bungles by the MoD have left the armed forces with a multi-billion-pound hole on top of the cuts announced in the autumn.

The extra reduction in troop numbers, which will probably take effect by 2015, will follow a cut of 7000 already confirmed... will reduce army to 75,000....

The warning of further cuts was disclosed by a source at a meeting of industrialists last month, where Peter Luff, the defence procurement minister, said another round of "major cuts" was inevitable....

...One senior source who is closely involved said " The costing of the defence review was not properly worked out. It was back-of-a-fag-packet stuff with all three services fighting their corner. I don't think anyone realised how bad it was"...
...The army fought off a 20,000 man cut(due to Afg.) But it has already been told to cut 2800 armoured vehicles including those on which hundreds of millions has been spent on recent years
...Officials are working on which units to axe.

The army will be structured round 5 multi-role Bdes plus a specialist rapid reaction Bde of Paras and Light infantry. Large numbers of HQs and admins staff are expected to go along with armoured, comms, and engineering units, the source said.
So, there we apparently have it.

Essentially, "same shit, different day."

For what its worth, I think teaming up with France is probably aiming our sights a little high. The only sensible move will be a tri-partite organisation based on the forces of Belgium and Luxembourg.

At least we will impress somebody.

Possibly.
 
#4
They used to say that you could get the whole army in the old Wembly Stadium (127,000?) so this is just to make sure you can all fit in the new one.
 
#5
More media nonsense

RN(exemptRM)/RAF have taken the hit pre-2015, the Army cannot take one until 2015 when we are allegedly out of AFG

Then the Army's turn comes - after the RN and RAF have made room for the Germany-based bits to return to Blighty

Then we are ready for 2020, which is supposedly when the armed forces are rebalanced

Simples
 
B

bokkatankie

Guest
#7
So my prediction from the future of the RAC may not too far off the mark:

Way I see it is that there will be
HCR
HDG x 2 (QDG and Scots DG, regional reasons)
LD (RDG and LD, maybe called Royal Light Dragoons)
L (QRL and 9/12L, cant think of a name))
H (KRH and QRH, maybe just RH but confusing as old name)
T (just RTR)


all very logical but as ever it will not be what anyone wants.
 
#9
More media nonsense

RN(exemptRM)/RAF have taken the hit pre-2015, the Army cannot take one until 2015 when we are allegedly out of AFG

Then the Army's turn comes - after the RN and RAF have made room for the Germany-based bits to return to Blighty

Then we are ready for 2020, which is supposedly when the armed forces are rebalanced

Simples
There we go. Legacy Cold War heavy forces go when we draw down from Germany.

Non story, nothing to see, move along.
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
#10
1938 springs to mind, stick the army in france to save the ferry fare later!

its they way they see chucking away good kit as the right thing to do. nimrod had cost too much yes but no reason to throw it away when it was finally nearing completion. better to hold them to watertight contracts and stop all the delays they engineer in to keep the money coming in. look at the overspends and then check the bae profit sheet!
 

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