From today's Torygraph. It just doesn't say how they're going to achieve it. The Territorial Army is to be revamped to ensure that it is ready to support the regular forces at all times, defence sources said yesterday. Army commanders believe that the radical overhaul is urgently required amid fears that there will be insufficient reservists to support future operations. More than 9,000 of the TA's 41,000 soldiers have been called up for service in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past two years. But they cannot be used on operations for more than 12 months out of any three-year period, making 50 per cent ineligible for any operations in the short-term. The majority of the 32,000 who have not served in Iraq or Afghanistan have not been prepared to make themselves available for operations. "We are about to hit a major problem as TA manpower dries up and we are left to decide if compulsory call-outs should be made," said one senior Army officer. "We have a lot of people who have deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq but they are now time expired to us, they have done their year and we cannot use them." So defence chiefs have decided that a reorganisation of the regular army, expected to be implemented next April, must include the TA. "There is no longer room in the TA for bank mangers such as the Capt Mainwaring character in Dad's Army who play soldiers at weekends, but won't commit to deploying on operations," the senior officer said. The revamp of the regular army will amalgamate the old single-battalion "famous name" regiments into new multi-battalion regionally-based units. Under the new system, each of these multi-battalion regiments will have an attached TA unit that will be expected to provide soldiers to deploy on operations abroad. It will also be responsible for homeland security in the regiment's region in the event of a national emergency. Regular infantry battalions sent on operations abroad, such as those in Iraq or Afghanistan, should in theory increase in size from the peacetime level of 600 to a wartime strength of 850, using TA soldiers. But the reluctance of reservists to volunteer has made this difficult and many infantry battalions have been able to deploy on operations only by taking troops from other regular regiments, increasing problems of overstretch among the regular infantry. Under the revamp, the TA units will follow the regular units' three-year operational readiness cycles. These begin with a training year, followed by an exercise year and then a year on operations or on standby for operations. The TA units will be warned two years in advance that they will be required to provide up to 400 personnel to support their regular counterpart during the operational year if that unit has to deploy abroad. Having been warned, those TA personnel will have no choice but to deploy when required and will be expected to ensure that their employers know that they may be unavailable. Defence chiefs believe that by preparing 400 they can be certain that, even taking into account sickness and family emergencies, they get the 250 they need to upgrade the infantry battalion to wartime strength. Those who cannot make themselves available for operations will see their promotional prospects reduced and many are expected to leave. "Things have changed and the whole of the TA now has to be a highly professional organisation," the senior officer said. "If the proposals mean that the deadwood who dress up but do not deploy decide to leave, that will be a bonus."