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Army (Reorganisation)

Volume 893: debated on Monday 16 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether there will be a reduction in the 27,000 men now serving in Great Britain in Regular units of infantry, artillery and the Royal Armoured Corps as a result of his proposed cuts in the strength of the Army; and if so what will be the size of the reduction.

The restructuring of the Army announced in the Defence White Paper will result in changes to the size and organisation of every unit in the Royal Armoured Corps, Royal Artillery and infantry. Although the detailed organisation of individual units has not yet been confirmed, there will be a reduction in the number of men serving in these teeth arms since the overall reduction of 15,000 in the Army's strength as a result of the defence review is to be borne across the board by all units and headquarters. The details of the extent to which each arm and corps will be affected are still being worked out.

65 specialist aircrew, all squadron leaders, have volunteered for redundancy under the terms of the announced redundancy scheme. 63 of these applications have been accepted.In addition the following officers have applied for premature voluntary release—i.e., not on redundancy terms—since the publication of the statement on the Defence Estimates:

The numbers of RAF officers selected for compulsory redundancy are as follows: