Plans to reduce the British Army to just 82,000 soldiers have today been announced by the government.
Under the current Conservative plans, the military will lose 20,000 soldiers and 17 major units, including five infantry battalions. This will result in the army being reduced to 82,000 soldiers by the end of the decade; the smallest the army will have been since the 1930s.
Yet this is not all that is in line for the armed forces: military chiefs are to prepare for severe budget cuts that could potentially slash their annual budget by a fifth. Part-time soldiers will be recruited in order to ‘fill the boots’ of the soldiers who are in line to lose their jobs – a scheme that is also in store for the police force.
These plans come in the height of Middle-Eastern conflict, raising questions as to whether our soldiers will be able to fight on two fronts as they have done over the last decade in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Major Chris Hunter appeared on BBC News prioritising immigration costs over army cuts, stating that the government could save money elsewhere, and that such cuts put our national security at great risk.
The plans will see Scottish regiments that already struggle on recruitment survive whilst other major regiments disappear. The Green Howards, seen by many as one of Britain’s greatest historical assets and a significant regiment during D-Day, will cease to exist and dwindle into a memory.
Tens of thousands of soldiers may fear for their jobs, whilst others claim they fear for our country’s future.