Fort George
Fort George base is one of three reported to be closing earlier than planned.
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Will these Scottish bases be closing earlier than promised?

The British Army said reports of troop cuts and closures are "unhelpful and misleading", with more detailed plans agreed later this year.

Fort George
Fort George base is one of three reported to be closing earlier than planned.

The British Army has slammed "unhelpful and misleading" reports that soldier numbers in Scotland will be cut by 1,700 and three bases closed earlier than planned.

The Times said cuts could lead to Fort George, Glencorse and Redford Barracks being shut, with decisions made before the end of this year.

Data published in 2020 stated Inverness' Fort George and Penicuik's Glencorse Barracks would close in 2032, with Edinburgh's Redford Cavalry and Infantry Barracks shutting by 2025.

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Earlier this year, it was confirmed with the publication of the Integrated Review and the Defence Command Paper that the number of personnel in the Army will be reduced to 72,500 by 2025.

It followed a November 2019 pledge by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said: "We will not be cutting our armed services in any form."

A British Army spokesperson told Forces News: "In the spring it was announced in Parliament that the Army would be restructured to meet future threat as we implement the outcomes of the Integrated Review.

"The plans for structural reform are not yet finalised so speculation at this stage is unhelpful and misleading.

"Detailed plans will be submitted to ministers later this autumn and decisions made public when finalised."