No surprises there then! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/01/10/nregim10.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/01/10/ixhome.html New Army regiment 'faces recruitment crisis' By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent (Filed: 10/01/2006) A severe recruiting crisis will cripple one of the Army's new super regiments because of "ill thought out" reforms by the Ministry of Defence, senior officers said yesterday. The Cheshire Regiment will be based in Yorkshire with a new name and cap badge when it becomes 1 Mercian (Cheshires) next year. The regimental headquarters in Chester, a rich recruiting ground, are likely to be taken over by a new Welsh regiment under the Army's Future Infantry Structure plans. The Mercians will be made up of three battalions of about 550 men each from the Cheshires, the Staffordshire Regiment and Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters. Like many of the Army's infantry regiments the Cheshires are already suffering severe recruitment and retention problems and are 87 soldiers under strength. But when the regiment moves to the huge Catterick garrison next year it is likely to suffer even greater losses, retired officers said. An MoD spokesman said the reforms would "improve recruitment retention".