Army

Army chief: We need greater investment in larger service

The head of the British Army has called for a "greater investment in a larger Army", amid what he called "a redefinition of European defence and deterrence".

Chief of the General Staff General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith was talking alongside his US counterpart General James C. McConville during a discussion by UK think-tank Policy Exchange on the security and the role of land power.

Changes outlined last year in the Integrated Review said that the Army will see its staffing target shrink by about 10,000 troops by 2025 to 72,500.

During the event, the outgoing head of the army, Gen Carleton-Smith said he would like to see a "balanced land force of about 110,000", regular and reserve combined, to give "depth and resilience to our current structure".

Last year, the head of the British Army compared the future transformation to the 1930s, highlighting that the shift would "fundamentally change how we do business".

Gen Carleton-Smith told the Policy Exchange think tank: "I think our structure and the growing shopping list of potential outputs in the wake of a redefinition of European defence and deterrents, which I am sure Ukraine heralds, I think, is going to demand more of the field force and I would like to see greater investment in a larger Army."