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Inside the stalking zone

According to Service chiefs, merging separate full-time and part-time organisations into one single Force will make the British Army truly 21st century. But how will they do this? Read on to find out…

PAIRING
Every Reserve unit has now been formally teamed with a Regular one. For the full listings visit the Army 2020 information portal on the defence intranet.
Joint training alongside Regular units will form the basis of the overhaul. This includes bringing Reservists’ equipment up to the quality of their full-time colleagues.
Not only will the Army Reserve enjoy £40 million of dismounted close combat kit but these items will be procured this year for delivery as soon as possible.
Personnel will share resources with Regular troops in a way that is quite new to the British military.
Training cycles will be synchronised between every paired formation and Reserves will join battlegroup-level exercises, where they will generally deploy at sub-unit level.
Overseas opportunities and sub-unit serials in the United Kingdom will also become far more commonplace.

SHIFTING SITES
In order to increase the presence of the Army Reserve in urban areas – a vital recruiting ground – the Service will merge 32 sub-units.
Many of those have a low intake and will be moved to larger sites that are already occupied by the same cap badge – mostly within neighbouring communities.
Some sites are going and others are being created, but overall the Territorial Army will be down by 26 bases by 2016.
Centres will have to meet ambitious manning targets, and those that fall short of this could be subject to further location changes.

FORMING NEW UNITS
101 Battalion, 104 Battalion, 105 Battalion and 106 Battalion in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and 6 Military Intelligence Battalion and 7 Military Intelligence Battalion in the Intelligence Corps have all been added to the order of battle.
Different capabilities will be required of the Army in future, which means that just like the Regulars some changes are needed to the structure within each cap badge.
As a result, basing arrangements must also be altered.
The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and the Intelligence Corps are the two formations that will see major new units created.
Amendments have been made to others at minor and sub-unit level too.

CREATING FRESH ROLES
152 Transport Regiment will become 152 Fuel Support Regiment; 155 Transport Regiment will become 165 Port and Enabling Regiment; 156 Transport Regiment will become 156 Supply Regiment.
In addition to three Royal Logistic Corps formations getting new roles, various sub-units will also be subject to alterations in their taskings.
However, only those in the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry are facing a new cap badge.

SAYING FOND FAREWELLS
Formations to go include 100 (Yeomanry) Regiment, Royal Artillery; 72 and 73 Engineer Regiments and 38 Signal Regiment. From the Royal Logistic Corps, 88 Postal and Courier Regiment; 160 Transport Regiment; 165 Port Regiment; 166 Supply Regiment and 168 Pioneer Regiment will be removed.
For those Reservists in units being removed from the order of battle, the 2020 vision marks the end of an era.
Because the current structure of the Territorial Army does not meet the capabilities required for the future, nine major units and numerous sub-units had to be withdrawn.

Read this month's issue for more on the announcement, including employee reaction and interviews...

 

 

 

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