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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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.

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