Reserve Forces

Defence written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Conservative, Reigate

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many new Army reservists were recruited in the first quarter of 2013-14; what recruitment target was set for that period; how many Army reservists are expected to be recruited in 2013-14; and how many reservists need to be recruited in each of the next five years to meet the Army's current manning targets.

Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

In order to meet the requirements set out under Army 2020 the Army's structure is changing and manning is in a period of transition with strength reflecting the planned drawdown. Immediate measures have been put in place to deliver a step change in Army reserve recruiting.

It will take time to accurately measure the growth in reserve forces following the announcement of 3 July 2013, Hansard, column 932, but the Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend Mr Hammond has said the Government remains committed to keeping the House updated through the publication of both recruitment figures and trained strength figures as the Army reserve moves forward.

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