British army to axe 20,000 soldiers by 2020
6 July 2012
The British army will lose 17 major units as it cuts 20,000 regular soldiers by 2020, according to the defence secretary.
Philip Hammond has announced to MPs that the units going will include four infantry battalions and two sections in the Armoured Corps.
The number of regular soldiers is set to fall from 102,000 to 82,000, while the reservists will double to 30,000, making the Army about half the size it was during the Cold War Era.
Hammond stated: "After inheriting a massive overspend from the last government, we have had to make tough decisions to implement our vision of a formidable, adaptable and flexible armed forces. After a decade of enduring operations, we need to transform the Army and build a balanced, capable and adaptable force ready to face the future.
"Army 2020 will create a more flexible and agile Army. Unlike the past, it will be set on a firm foundation of men and material, well trained, well equipped and fully funded. The regimental system will remain the bedrock of the Army's fighting future."
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