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MPs back govt on army plans

The Government has won a Commons vote on its plans to reorganise the Army. Rebels, supported by Labour, fear the changes will leave the UK short of essential troops and want a pause for the coalition to reconsider.

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What are the main aims of the Army 2020 plan?

A group of backbench Tory MPs are planning to vote on a rebel amendment which could delay the government's plan to reduce the number of regular soldiers in the Army.

The main aims of Army 2020 are as follows:

  • Army to be reduced from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2020
  • Army Reserve (new name for the Territorial Army) numbers to increase from 19,000 to 30,000 by 2018

This is part of the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review which aims to plug £38 billion hole in the defence budget.

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