Army reservists future plans due

The UK Defence Secretary is due to publish a white paper today, setting out plans for the future of army reserve forces. The Territorial Army is expected to expand from 19,000 to 30,000 by 2018, to compensate for cuts to regular troops.

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What are the current terms for Army reservists?

The white paper measures being unveiled by the Defence Secretary today are expected to make it easier for Army reservists to balance their military duties with their normal jobs.

Their current conditions are as follows:

  • Expected to commit to between 19 and 27 days a year
  • Paid around £35 for each day
  • Expected to attend training in their own free time
  • Entitled to a tax-free "bounty" of up to £2,100 for meeting time quota

Read: Reservists to get £40 million of new kit

Plans for expansion of army reserve forces due

The Territorial Army will be renamed the Army Reserve under reorganisation plans. Credit: PA

Plans over the growing importance of the army's reserve forces are due to be set out today by the UK Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond.

A white paper is expected to set out how the number of trained reservists will increase from 19,000 to 30,000 by 2018, as the number of regular troops is cut by 20,000 to 82,000.

There are around 2,000 Territorial Army personnel in Wales, and hundreds more TA soldiers are being recruited here each year.

Read More: Territorial Army launches recruitment drive across Wales

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Incentives expected for reservists' employers

The white paper is expected to outline how reservists will work more closely with full-time regular members of the army.

A £42m budget will be provided for new kit and extra training for reserve forces.

It is also expected to reveal financial incentives for small firms employing reservists.

Concerns over the pressure that would be placed on employers to free up their staff for military duty have been highlighted by Wales This Week.

We are asking a heck of a lot from employers... the majority of Welsh companies are small to medium sized and they can't afford for people to go away for a long period. This will be part of the problem that will have to be solved if we want to make an effective Territorial Army in Wales.

– Col. Bob Stewart MP, former army officer

Watch: Wales This Week: From spare time to front line