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Several military bases in the North East are to close as part of reforms to expand the Army Reserve, the Defence Secretary has announced.
Philip Hammond unveiled the changes as part of a package of reforms aimed at increasing the number of reservists in the Army under the Future Force 2020 reforms.
The plans envisage a trained army of 112,000, with 82,000 regulars, 30,000 reservists, and 8,000 further reservists in training.
The Defence Secretary said "a significant number" of small and under-recruited bases would be retained, which the Army believes could be viable with strong recruiting.
Some of the bases will not close outright but become home to other units, such as cadets.
An additional £1.8 billion will be invested over 10 years.
The army bases in the North East to close are:
- Ashington TAC
- Bishop Auckland
- Stockton Green TAC, Middlesbrough
- Northallerton TAC
- Washington TAC
- Duncombe Barracks, York
Seven military reserve bases are to close in our region, as part of reforms to the Army announced today.
The sites to close are at Ashington, Berwick upon Tweed, Bishop Auckland, Middlesbrough, Northallerton, Washington and Duncombe Barracks in York.
The Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond announced the changes, which are designed to boost the number of reservists, and scale back the number of full-time soldiers by 2020.
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