Senior Army officers ‘to be cut’

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Published: Saturday 24th January 2015 by The News Editor

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The number of senior figures in the Army is to be cut as part of the latest reforms, according to reports.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed an Army Command Review will take place as part of the Army 2020 reform plans.

Up to a third of the force’s 500 colonels and 200 brigadiers and generals could be axed, according to the Times newspaper, which said plans by the Army’s leader General Sir Nick Carter will be implemented from April.

An Army spokeswoman said: “The Army Command Review is the next step in the development of Army 2020. It builds on the delegated model that Defence has implemented as a result of Lord Levene’s report on Defence reforms.

“It will ensure that the Army’s command structure and its staff are best placed to meet future challenges in an agile, imaginative and effective manner.”

As part of Army 2020 it has already been confirmed the number of regular soldiers will be cut to 82,000, with the number of reservists being boosted to 30,000.

Earlier this week Prime Minister David Cameron rubbished a claim that Ministry of Defence officials are examining proposals for an army of just 60,000 soldiers.

Published: Saturday 24th January 2015 by The News Editor

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