Colonel Richard Kemp
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Ex-Royal Anglian chief criticises 'part-time army' plan

The former commander of British forces in Afghanistan has criticised the government's reservists recruitment drive as creating "a part-time army" as it cuts the number of regular soldiers.

The Ministry of Defence is investing £1.8 billion to boost their numbers by 11,000 by 2020.

Former Royal Anglian commander Col Richard Kemp said a part-time, civilianised army would not be able to function in the same way as an army of regulars.

Alex Dunlop reports.

  • 11 Sep 2013
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