Plans to make the Territorial Army (TA) more capable and relevant to
future operations were announced by Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram in
The British Army is working through the force generation issues
highlighted by recent experience on operations. FAS plans for the TA and
Regular Reserves include the following elements:
The Army Board has agreed the new indicative
structure, which sees the TA remain at its current size of about 42,000
(including Officer Training Corps). Some adjustment and re-roling will
The future TA structure will ensure a more
relevant, capable and usable TA.
The Infantry TA has reduced from 15 to 14
battalions and has integrated into the new infantry structure, restoring
a true sense of identity at TA battalion level.
In future, a unit will deploy with its
Deployable Component (for the more likely routine operations) drawing on
its Contingent Component (normally from the TA) for the most demanding
operations. A unit will also have an Enabling Component (consisting of
an established Rear Party and an Infrastructure Element for security and
Under the FAS plan, the TA order of battle has
been revised to reflect the requirement to augment the regular deployable
units (adjusted under FAS) for the most demanding Deliberate Intervention
operations, as outlined below.
ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS
The Yeomanry will retain a
broadly similar structure, with four regiments covering the national area.
As a platform-centric Arm, the RAC has a requirement for the provision of
AFV crewmen Individual Reinforcements (IRs), which will be a force driver
above the Contingent Component (CC) requirement. In outline:
One Yeomanry Regiment of
up to five squadrons will be earmarked to provide IRs and formed troops to
the Joint NBC Regiment and NBC IRs to formation reconnaissance regiments;
the detailed requirement is subject to the Jt NBC Regt Study.
One Yeomanry Regiment will provide
the RHQ and one squadron of the Armoured Replacement Regiment. In
addition, this Yeomanry Regiment will provide the CC and IRs to armoured
One Yeomanry Regiment will provide
the balance of the CC and IRs to armoured regiments.
One Yeomanry Regiment will provide
the CC and IRs to formation reconnaissance regiments.
The RA will continue to
provide seven regiments, although the requirement for formed TA
Ground-Based Air Defence (GBAD) regiments will be removed. The RA TA
will adjust to provide the following:
One Regiment will
provide a RHQ, a long range communications capability and up to four
patrols batteries; three from the TA, the fourth from the Regular Battery
(4/73 Bty, 5 Regt RA).
Three close support regiments will support the three Regular AS 90 SPA
regiments and two Regular light gun regiments. This represents an addition
of one gun regiment.
Two general support regiments, one providing support to the Regular
regiments and the other support to HQ 1 Arty Bde and the Regular UAV
One GBAD Regiment, providing support to the Regular RAPIER SAM Regiment
and IRs and support to the Regular HVM SAM Regiment.
The RE TA will include the
current five regiment structure, potentially supplemented by one new
regiment with additional sub-units. RE TA will be structured to provide
sub units for discrete tasks. Where possible this will be achieved through
capability pairing mechanisms. In addition, the RE TA will be designed to
provide the following:
A formed Air Support Squadron capable of
A formed Squadron to 33 Engr Regt (EOD).
A formed Topographic Squadron to 42 Engr
A formed Amphibious Troop to 28 Engr Regt.
Military Works Force (V), providing
specialist infrastructure support to the Force.
The Royal Signals TA will
be structured as follows:
Three Ptarmigan regiments based within 11
Sigs Bde, providing a composite Ptarmigan Regiment to the ARRC.
Within 2(NC) Sigs Bde, a total of eight
signals regiments (including 36 and 40 Sigs Regts) and four sub-units
that will provide National Communications units in support of the Home
Defence role, plus other bespoke support.
63 Sigs Sqn (SAS) will continue to support
An Air Support Signal Troop will be provided
for Joint Helicopter Command
In addition, Royal Signals TA will provide
individual augmentees to Regular regiments.
The Infantry will be organised to support and complement the regular
regimental structure, thereby restoring a true sense of identity at TA
battalion level. There are now 14 x TA infantry battalions. These
battalions provide reinforcement of the regular infantry, and resilience
to the infantry structure in meeting enduring commitments when Defence
Planning Assumptions are exceeded. Manpower has also been included to
force-generate the capability of seven Defence Troops for Armoured and
Formation Reconnaissance Regiments.
The affiliation of TA battalions will be driven by the revised Future
Infantry Structure (FIS), assigning one TA battalion to each new two or
three battalion regular regiments, and two TA battalions to a large
regular regiment. To ensure viability, restructuring will be conducted on
the basis of a minimum of 400 soldiers per battalion.
ARMY MEDICAL SERVICES
The AMS will comprise
two Divisional General Support Medical Regiments and one Medical
Evacuation Regiment, together with 11 Field Hospitals and six squadrons.
TA AMS will provide:
A Divisional General
Support Medical Regiment (V) for the Divisional Rear Area.
A composite Field Support Hospital of 400 beds and a Biological Warfare
(BW) facility of 50 beds.
A Field Hospital of 25 beds will be
provided for enduring operations.
TA medical sub-units embedded in the close support and general support
medical regiments, to provide individual augmentees.
Other Support requirements are to be
ROYAL LOGISTIC CORPS
The RLC structure will be based around the
provision of TA to second line, third line and theatre enabling units. The
new structure will include 15 regiments and the Catering Support Regiment
ROYAL ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS
The REME TA will consist of
four battalions, providing:
A formed Battalion to
support Theatre Troops and the Lines of Communications (LoC).
Formed Role 1 support.
Individual augmentees, attributed to
Regular REME units and to Role 1 support to other Arms and Services
(subject to further scrutiny during implementation).
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S CORPS RMP
The RMP manpower liability
has increased to become 4 RMP companies and 1 MPS(V) company. They will be
structured to serve with their Regular counterparts to provide:
Formed platoons to augment the RMP companies deploying with manoeuvre
and logistic brigades.
Formed sub-units to provide enhanced Line of Communication coverage.
A dedicated deployable Prisoner of War (PW) handling capability.
The TA Intelligence Corps
structure is likely to be based on two TA battalions and will provide
individual augmentees to tactical HQs and units, and to operational and
strategic HQs. It will also provide formed Field Interrogation
ARMY AIR CORPS
The AAC TA will be
structured as follows:
7 Regt AAC (V) will continue to provide
aviation support to HQ LAND for UK Mainland tasking only.
6 Regiment AAC (V) will form in East Anglia
to support the Attack Helicopter Regiments.
The remainder of the AAC TA will operate
from two TA squadrons, to be embedded in the Regular structure. These
will provide Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) pilots, additional
capability and LUH door gunners.