The Army were of course aware that the six-month reduction in training they proposed might impact on retention. They believed they could manage this risk. None the less having listened to the strength of feeling on this issue, I decided that training should recommence as soon as possible.
As we announced on 28 October, £20 million of new money from the Treasury has been ring-fenced for Territorial Army training. We have consistently made clear that TA members deploying on operations will get all the training that the Army considers appropriate and necessary.