Territorial Army 'to be renamed the Army Reserve'

British troops in Afghanistan The reservists will get much the same kit as the regular army, Mr Hammond says

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The Territorial Army would be renamed the Army Reserve under plans unveiled by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.

He told the BBC legislation would be needed for the change, which would also see territorials get regular Army kit, and train with full-time forces.

As part of the recent defence review, the numbers of regular soldiers is set to fall from 102,000 to 82,000, while reservists will double to 30,000.

He said the reservists would become an "integral part" of the Army.

Mr Hammond said he hoped that a number of those leaving the slimmed down regular forces would join the reserves and "help change the ethos".

Asked on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show if he was attempting to get an "army on the cheap", Mr Hammond said cutting the size of the regular army was "unfortunately one of the steps we had to take to rebalance the defence budget".

'Makes sense'

He said that it made sense for many of the support functions, like logistics, to be done by reservists because there was not such a great demand for them during peacetime.

The defence secretary said he wanted to see a name change - "in my head they are the Army Reserve, an integral part of the regular Army" - but added that the change would need to be approved by Parliament.

TA soldiers usually have full-time or part-time jobs and attend training sessions in their own free time. They are paid about £35 a day for each session.

They have to commit to between 19 and 27 training days a year and if they meet this commitment they get a tax-free lump sum called a bounty, which ranges from £424 to £2,098.

Travel to and from their units is also subsidised and they do not have to pay towards their kit.

Britain has had a reserve of part-time or retired soldiers - often known as yeomanry - since the Middle Ages but the system was only regularised in 1907 with the passing of legislation creating a Territorial Force.

It was mobilised just before World War I and its soldiers fought alongside regular soldiers in the trenches of northern France.

In 1920 it became the Territorial Army and in 1939 it was doubled in size as war clouds approached again.

The TA withered away during the 1960s but in 1971 it was reformed and expanded although its role remained unclear until the 1998 Strategic Defence Review.

As the regular Army became increasingly stretched in the early 21st century the TA became more important and 6,900 TA soldiers were mobilised for the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

In recent years it has also supported regular troops in Afghanistan and the Balkans.


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    Comment number 64.

    Again another no nothing Tory toff decides he thinks he knows best Its been the TA for 104 years non of this present govt have served in the lower ranks some like IDS married a rich woman when he was an officer who decided he didnt have to work any more resigned his commission and he became a tory MP

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    Comment number 63.

    What's all this carping about the cost of a new logo etc? Now the London Olympics are over there is a slightly used but "distinctive" 2012 logo available for little expenditure. Paint it an appropriate colour, for example Camouflage, and it'll meet the requirements of many of us; like not being able to see it!
    But how does a name change benefit anything except something to put on Hammond's c.v.?

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    Comment number 62.

    How can we even consider cutting defense. Everyone wants to kill us and without an armed defense forced our island will be invaded. It will open the door to an imminent Afghan invasion is that what you want? The Falklands will fall and be renamed the Malvinas, the commonwealth will crumble and dissintegrate anyone who wants a piece of us will just take it. They're all out there waiting and wanting

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    Comment number 61.

    Why not bring in the Scouts & Guides aswell we can get rid of a few more regular divisions in the main forces, peashooters & caterpualts alround.

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    Comment number 60.

    Purely about money not tactical planning. Have a vastly reduced full time work force backed up by a force of part timers. Many private sector manufacturers have done this for decades. Will the reserves get the same recognition and benifits as the full timers? Doubt it.

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    Comment number 59.

    @9.Rodneys Uncle

    You are implying impropriety, a kickback from a marketing company, shady deals in darkened rooms, from this coalition, surely not!!

    They will be leasing their tax payer bought ‘Duck House’ on the ‘old moat’ to the MOD for training purposes next. (reminder to self: stop giving the Eaton Set ideas)

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    Comment number 58.

    Next thing you know he will be abolishing the historic links to the Militia and Yeomanry and calling up the remaining University Officer Cadets.

    Oh, he can only legally do that in a condition of 'Total War' - but who cares for the law when there is money to be slashed so that his buddies in the City can retain their fat bonuses.

    Remember Perterloo where the Yeomanry slaughtered the people!!

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    Comment number 57.

    Does anyone in our goverment remember the scorn and ridicule that was expressed when it was suggested that forcibly retired police officers re-joined as special constabulary? OBVIOUSLY NOT!!!

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    Comment number 56.

    You already have this integration, whole squadrons of engineer TA have served in Afghan, as have TA infantry battalions, majortity of medical staff are Reserves, this is just putting modern forces on same standing as other major country forces throughout world.

    Only issue make sure you invest in the co-op training not just a couple of weekends on the cheap.

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    Comment number 55.

    With the utmost respect to the volunteers concerned .

    As far as the government is concerned the rebrading is as Cannon Fodder on the cheap

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    Comment number 54.

    cut the bullsh*t-soldering on the cheap this is the madness behind the method-it is ill thought out policy-amatures don't belong on the frontline-the failure is in the maths-82000 troops is not enough but they cannot now admit to getting the sums wrong so it is tommys on the cheap-terriers are to become reservist-tme will prove it is the wrong policy..

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    Comment number 53.

    As empires throughout the ages have risen & fallen over time it is not difficult to chart the UK's current direction. We really should not delude ourselves that we can afford to meddle in other country's conflicts anymore. We need a professional home defence land & air force including the ultimate sanction from below the waves - just in case. That should be far more affordable to we taxpayers.

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    Comment number 52.

    This make's sense. Territorial Army would suggest Territorial, as in the Home Guard.

    Seeing as these TA soldiers actually go to war abroad now, it's not exactly Territorial is it?

    It's the Army Reserve, so let it be called the Army Reserve.

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    Comment number 51.

    Just changing the Stationary, Websites and other incidentals would pay for an Infantry Battalion.

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    Comment number 50.

    I don't understand how he thinks logistics for a full time Army, whatever its size, can be done part time, as the article suggests? Troops need food & equipment 365 days a year surely? That sounds like a full time job to me! Mind you its a wonder he didn't suggest outsourcing the logistics work to a call centre in India...

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    Comment number 49.

    Having listened to the Defence Secretary speak this morning it is very clear to me as an Ex severing soldier of 24 years, that he knows very little if anything about the Army and knows even less about soldiers!

    The TA is getting the same uniform as the regular Army, what does he think they wear now shorts and t shirt? Its called knowing your subject before you make an opinion?

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    Comment number 48.

    Somebody tell him I don't want it renamed, please.

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    Comment number 47.

    and this irrelevant re-branding will cost how much?

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    Comment number 46.

    The name change makes sense. "Territorial" implies they would be defending British territories. "Reserves" more accurately suggests that they may be sent to the middle east to fight the people who live there until they do what we want.

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    Comment number 45.

    >4. Spartacus1066 
    >Seems this gov want everything on the cheap and austere

    >18. Pete
    >There have been cuts everywhere, must the defence be exempt?

    Noticed the austerity and cuts amongst MPs and bonus bankers?

    All in it together.


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