Defence Secretary Philip Hammond with members of the Territorial Army
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Defence Secretary reveals plan for 'radical shift' in Army reservists' role

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond is due to set out details of plans to boost the role of reservists in the Army.

The government wants to double the size of the Territorial Army from 15,000 to 30,000 while the regular Army's strength is cut by 20,000 to 82,000.

Mr Hammond says the changes would mark a "radical shift" in the way reservists help to deliver the nation's security.

But Labour says that if more is going to be asked of reservists, ministers must provide extra support.

Jonathan Beale reports.

  • 08 Nov 2012
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