Tamil Diplomat

Armed forces job cuts reach target three years early

there are currently 81,700 full-time servicemen and women in the Army, down from 102,260 in 2010.More reservists are being recruited but that process has been slow.Former commander Richard Kemp said it showed the plan was “incoherent” but the MoD said the Army had the “manpower we need at the moment”.

Col Kemp, a commander of British forces in Afghanistan, told the BBC News website: “To have already made the cuts by 2015, it shows confusion and targets that don’t match up… it doesn’t mean it’s a good thing.”The whole plan was to cover the gaps with reservists, but if you’ve not achieved that then it must mean that we have got deficiencies.

“Not only does that cause us concern about how we govern our people, but it is also the message we are sending to our enemies. That kind of message always shows aggression towards us.”(BBC-2015)