army2a5 - Commander Land Forces Structure - Force Troops, Support Command, London District (Horse Guards) Regenerative Divisions



Commander Land Forces (CLF)
CLF’s Headquarters (HQ Land Forces) is located at Andover in Hampshire and commands almost 100 per cent of the Army’s fighting capability. This capability is organised into four formations (plus London District) and are commanded by Major Generals.

CLF’s role is to deliver and sustain the Army's operational capability, whenever required. For operations, CLF would deliver the required force package (drawn from formations or units under his command) to the Commander Joint Forces (CJF) for deployment worldwide.

Under his command CLF has almost all the Army's fighting equipment, including attack helicopters, Challenger 2 tanks, Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles, AS90 guns and the Guided Multi Launched Rocket System (GMLRS).

Since late 2014, Lieutenant General James Everard has been the Commander-in-Chief Land Forces.

Commander Land Forces (CLF) Structure

Stars denote the rank of the incumbent: 4 star - General; 3 star - Lieutenant General; 2 star -  Major General; 1 star -  Brigadier.

CLF has Operational Control of the Joint Helicopter Command (JHC).

CLF is also responsible for the drawdown and return to the UK of units from British Forces Germany (BFG). The majority of combat units will be stationed in the UK by the end of 2015. Reports during mid 2015 suggest that CLF may establish another subsidiary headquarters to command formations assigned to the Field Army.

1 (UK) Division is ‘The Adaptable Force’ and 3 (UK) Division is the ‘Reaction Force’.

The Reaction Force – 3 United Kingdom Division: This formation provides the high readiness elements that will undertake short notice contingency tasks and provided the conventional deterrence for Defence. Trained and equipped to undertake the full spectrum of intervention tasks, this force based upon three armoured infantry brigades under a divisional headquarters with associated support elements and an air assault brigade, will provide the building blocks for any future enduring operation. Given the high readiness nature of this force, it will comprise predominantly Regular Forces with about 10% being drawn from the Reserve Forces.

The Adaptable Force – 1 United Kingdom Division: This formation comprises a pool of Regular and Reserve units organised during peace under seven regionally based infantry brigades for training and administrative purposes. For a given operation, force package could be selected from across the pool of Adaptable Force units. In addition to providing forces for operational tasks when required, the Adaptable Force will deliver the elements required for the Standing Commitments in areas such as Cyprus, Brunei and the Falkland Islands plus Ceremonial Duties in the UK and for UN commitments as they occur.

The Adaptable Force will also be capable of undertaking the following tasks:

  • Overseas military capacity building - training and developing indigenous armies in order to strengthen their national defence capability and prevent future conflict.

  • Military support to homeland resilience - this would include maintaining a contingent capability to deal with natural disasters and other tasks.

  • Providing follow-on forces for future enduring operations. This would require the Adaptable Force to maintain institutional readiness at an appropriate level of training.