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Army: Strength

Volume 703: debated on Monday 30 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they will take to increase the number of troops in the Army, as recommended by the Chief of the General Staff at the Royal United Services Institute on 12 June. [HL4348]

We keep the size of the Army, like the other two services, under regular review. Where possible, we have rebalanced Army manpower better to meet current and future challenges, and the Army's manpower requirement remains at around 102,000. Further requirements will be kept under review. The more immediate priority is to ensure that we achieve full manning as rapidly as possible and we have recently approved a series of measures to improve recruitment and retention.

As we announced in March this year, we are conducting a review of Reserve Forces to ensure that they remain appropriate to support defence now and into the future and are better integrated with the Regular Forces.