Army set to increase number of specialists

The
British Army will see the gradual disbandment of ‘famous-name regiments’ in
favour of an increased number of specialists, such as engineers, defence
secretary Geoff Hoon will announce this week.

The
Treasury is putting increased pressure on the Ministry of Defence to lower
spending, with ‘back office’ staff first in the firing line.

The
changes will see up to 15 regiments merged into larger regionally-based units.
Regimental names will remain, but some will only exist at battalion level.

The
Navy also faces a loss of up to 5,000 staff, according to the Guardian newspaper.

By Michael Millar

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