Army: Recruitment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 25th April 2022.

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Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois Conservative, Rayleigh and Wickford

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is still his policy to reduce the Army to 73,000 trained regulars as set out in his policy paper, Future Soldier: Transforming the British Army, published in November 2021.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

There are currently no plans to reverse the decision to reduce the number of regular Army personnel.

The Integrated Review and Defence Command Paper made clear that we must focus on Defence capability rather than troop numbers in response to changing threats and priorities. The British Army will be a whole force of over 100,000 Regulars and Reservists which will be able to respond faster and more effectively, matched to both current and future threats.

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