Regiments with large Commonwealth numbers to get chopped

#1
On the way in to work this morning, Radio 4 dropped a little bombshell, almost conversationally, into the news that our man Hammond is going to chop any Regiment, Infantry or armoured, that has a large proportion of our foriegn friends in the ranks. Stand by!

Can't find a link yet.
 
#2
Perhaps someone from the MoD will be taking him to one side and calming him down.....

Letting the minister out without a minder, never ends well.
 

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#3
Was on Sky news as well
I think one of eh papers is running with it.

Are there any Regiments with disportionate numbers?
PWRR had a few IIRC but then one now holds the V.C. will they be chopped?
 
#5
When one says that British units have Commonwealth soldiers, does it mean that it is selective Commonwealth nations which can send their soldiers, or is it that anyone from the Commonwealth can join the British Army?
 
#7
That makes perfect sense. Fill the country with millions of scrounging welfare state spongers, yet chop those from the commonwealth who come here to serve.

The country's****ed.
 
#8
That's the jocks****ed then.
 
#9
When one says that British units have Commonwealth soldiers, does it mean that it is selective Commonwealth nations which can send their soldiers, or is it that anyone from the Commonwealth can join the British Army?
AFAIK people from any Commonwealth country can join up, though most are from Fiji, the Caribbean, southern Africa and Australasia.
 
#10
When one says that British units have Commonwealth soldiers, does it mean that it is selective Commonwealth nations which can send their soldiers, or is it that anyone from the Commonwealth can join the British Army?
Joining from overseas - British Army Website
Nationality and residency - British Army Website
Soldiers from across the Commonwealth and other countries have a long and proud tradition of service in the British Army. That tradition continues today. The Army welcomes applicants from certain countries and overseas territories, but you might need to have lived in the UK for a set period of time to be eligible for certain roles. Use this table to check.
One of the reason why RLC is also known as Retards, Lesbians and Commonwealth (stands by for incoming re R Sigs :) )
 
#11
Are there any Regiments with disportionate numbers?
PWRR had a few IIRC but then one now holds the V.C. will they be chopped?
Won't make the slightest bit of difference VC or no if there is any truth in this and that's a big if. They will be in the pot with the rest.
 

Bouillabaisse

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#12
When one says that British units have Commonwealth soldiers, does it mean that it is selective Commonwealth nations which can send their soldiers, or is it that anyone from the Commonwealth can join the British Army?
The army has had real problems recruiting British nationals into various regiments and has been accepting recruits from Commonwealth countries for some time. These are either people living in Britain or coming over specifically to join the army. The most famous example is LCpl Beharry VC. Johnson Beharry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

Bouillabaisse

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#15
A cynic might suggest that this was an alternative way of looking at the regimental problem. The MOD have floated the idea of a radical reduction in historic regiments and specifically targeted the Scottish ones. This has not been received well in the Scottish press. If they can build up the idea that regiments that can't recruit locally should go because clearly they have no future then it tells a better story and is likely to get broader support. If, by coincidence, that means the Scottish regiments going then, well, isn't that just unlucky?
 
#17
Daily Telegraph has got some half baked story on front page.
Regiments with Commonwealth recruits 'face being wiped out’ - Telegraph

“The Army is getting smaller,” Mr Hammond said. “Clearly the Army can’t get smaller by 17 per cent without losing some units. I can’t say to you that there will be no loss of battalions in the infantry as we downsize the Army. We are looking at the options in the Army and the armoured corps.”
 
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#18
A cynic might suggest that this was an alternative way of looking at the regimental problem. The MOD have floated the idea of a radical reduction in historic regiments and specifically targeted the Scottish ones. This has not been received well in the Scottish press. If they can build up the idea that regiments that can't recruit locally should go because clearly they have no future then it tells a better story and is likely to get broader support. If, by coincidence, that means the Scottish regiments going then, well, isn't that just unlucky?
Well, the Regt formerly known as I KINGS and 1 QLR don't appear to be short of a few dusky looking lads. In fact, I'd say that they make up a sizeable chunk of the Bn. Maybe you should be looking closer to home? The focus seems to be continually, and unfairly, always aimed at the Jocks. There are other units who are having the same problem. At the end of the day, this will all come down to who's got who fighting for them in the top corridor I think. And let's face it, this Government has nothing to lose by binning Scottish units.
 
#20
When one says that British units have Commonwealth soldiers, does it mean that it is selective Commonwealth nations which can send their soldiers, or is it that anyone from the Commonwealth can join the British Army?

That's an interesting question.

I would guess that there is a difference in 'recruiting from the Commonwealth' and those from the Commonwealth joining up.
For those in the former, there are normally recruited by teams sent to their particular country, and obviously with the approval of the country's government. It's possible that not all Commonwealth countries would give that approval.

It's likely a different situation than that of a Commonwealth citizen coming to UK ostensibly for a visit and then going into the nearest recruiting office on arrival.

But I'm sure others have a better knowledge of the current situation than me.
 
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