Reserve Recruitment

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 24th November 2014.

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Photo of Julian Brazier Julian Brazier The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence 2:30 pm, 24th November 2014

The size of the volunteer reserves, including the then Territorial Army, halved under the last Government, and we inherited a structure that had lost most of its officers and was falling apart. The size of the Regular Army was reduced because of cash constraints that arose from an economic crisis we inherited. Our plans to expand the reserves are not designed as a direct substitute for regular numbers; they are designed to provide the kind of reserve—the framework for expansion—that would be needed in a time of national crisis.