Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson meeting Northern Ireland based reservists from 152 (North Irish) Regiment (Image: MoD)
The number of Army reserves in Northern Ireland will increase by nearly 200, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced.
The new 189 reserve posts, will take the overall number of Army reserve in Northern Ireland to 2,100 by the end of the year.
Mr Williamson made the announcement during a visit to Northern Ireland based reservists from 152 (North Irish) Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps and 2nd Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment.
The Defence Secretary said:
“Our reserves programme is immensely popular in Northern Ireland, with more than twice as many people from Northern Ireland volunteering compared to the national average.
“So I’m delighted to increase the Army’s reserve numbers in Northern Ireland, underlining the military’s commitment to the entire United Kingdom.”
More than twice as many people from Northern Ireland volunteer for the reserves compared to the national average.
As well as the 1850 Army reservists, there are 110 Royal Navy and Royal Marine reserves and 130 Royal Auxiliary Air Force personnel.
Northern Ireland also hosts 75 cadet units, the majority of which are Army Cadets.