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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

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


Parade is a 'special day' for troops

"It's always a privilege and honour for soldiers to march through the towns and cities of Wales - the places where family, loved ones and friends can welcome them.

"Saturday will be no different and the parade in Caernarfon will be another special day for The Royal Welsh."

– Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Webb MC OBE, Commanding Officer 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh

The parade will march from the barracks in the town to Castle Square - where the troops will be inspected at 11am.

Soldiers in Caernarfon parade

Troops marching
Soldiers will march through Caernarfon today Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Troops from the Royal Welsh will march through Caernarfon today for a freedom parade. The soldiers will be made up from B Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh.

The troops will be led through the town by the Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh, the Goat Major and Billy, the regimental goat.


UK to withdraw 11,000 troops from Germany by 2016

Prince Philip meets British troops at Fallingbostel in Germany in 2011. Credit: PA

Around 11,000 British troops based in Germany will return home by 2016 under plans which will see nearly £2 billion invested in Army housing and bases, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond will announce today.

Under the speeded-up withdrawal, the remaining 4,500 troops will be back in the UK by 2019, a year earlier than planned.

Around £1bn of the funding being announced today will go towards 1,900 new houses for service families and accommodation for 7,800 single soldiers.

Another £800 million will be spent on infrastructure and refurbishment of bases.

The Government hopes the plans will mean more cash is ploughed back into the British, rather than German, economy as well as creating new construction jobs in the UK.

Savings of around £240 million a year are also expected to be made through reductions in operating costs.


Welsh Government 'liasing closely' with NHS over veterans care

The Welsh Government acknowledges and appreciates the sacrifices made by our service personnel, and as in the rest of the UK, veterans are entitled to receive priority healthcare for service related conditions, relative to those with similar levels of clinical need who have not served.

The Welsh Government will liaise closely with the NHS as part of an all-Wales working group, established to lead and co-ordinate the work needed for the implementation of the Murrison Report in Wales.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Royal British Legion: 'we must consider veterans' wider needs'

The Royal British Legion in Wales says it working with both the Welsh Government and local health boards to ensure that ex-soldiers who have lost limbs while on active service get the treatment they deserve.

I think we need to be looking at a more holistic approach which brings in the armed forces champions which are now in place by local health boards and local authorities to provide not only that immediate care for a veteran, but also look at their wider needs

– Phil Jones, Royal British Legion Wales

One ex-serviceman Peter Bowker of Connahs Quay, whose leg was amputated below the knee, says that after leaving the army he struggled to get fa new prosthetic limb as his local health authority did not have the cash.

When I moved back to Wales the first six months of being a civilian my prosthetic leg was being held together by duct tape.

I did eventually get the funding for a new one. More and more soldiers will be coming back to Wales without limbs and the government here needs to be prepared.

– Peter Bowker

Recently the Royal British Legion wrote to a group of Welsh MPs saying there was a need to ensure veterans in Wales are able to make use of their right to priority access to medical treatment as they do in England.

Soldiers' computer training: 'helping win the wars of tomorrow'

"We're not expected to win every mission" says Sgt. Haydn Poyner.

"They throw different scenarios to see what assets are best used and what different situations, so sometimes you might get absolutely hammered and have mass casualties whereas sometimes we'll do extremely well and win the battle."

The project - known as 'Future Force - is based at the Army's Land Warfare Centre in Warminster.

"We're trying to determine exactly what we need to fight and win the wars of tomorrow" says Col. Tim Law, assistant head of army force development.

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