View all 9 updates ›

Philip Hammond to outline new deal for Army reservists

The Defence Secretary will today announce a raft of changes to the role of the Territorial Army including possible rewards for companies who support reservists in their employment.

Members of the Territorial Army parade down Kensington High Street, London Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Philip Hammond is expected to announce a sharp rise in the number of reservists from around 19,000 to 30,000 by 2018, parallel with a reduction in the numbers of regular soldiers.

The Territorial Army will be renamed the Army Reserve and is likely to be given a special £42 million equipment budget.

Training will also be boosted, with more exercises held overseas, and smaller firms given financial incentives to let staff join up.

ITV Tonight investigates the New Model Army

More top news