The "future soldier programme"
"Defence UK is not convinced that the 'Future Soldier' programme will deliver the breadth and depth of Army capabilities which it promises. Whilst we welcome the new investment in Army equipment, and the creation of the new Ranger Regiment for deployment in Africa and Asia, we remain extremely concerned about the overall reduction in Army manpower. Under the new plans, the British Army will shrink to just 73,000 full-time Regulars and fewer than 30,000 part-time Reservists. That will make it the smallest Army we have had at our disposal in more than two hundred years! As the world becomes a more dangerous place, with rogue states and terrorist networks posing ever greater threats to UK and Western security, and with the NATO alliance increasingly reliant on the UK contribution, now is not the time to risk weakening the British Army. We urge the Government to reconsider the scale of this reduction in overall personnel numbers."
Andrew Smith, Director, Defence UK
26th November 2021
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