Army 2020 Announcement and message from the Chief Executive, RFCA


Attached is the majority of the Army 2020 information pack that has been distributed to Commanding Officers following the Secretary of State’s announcement in Parliament today.

 I draw your attention to the Chief of the General Staff’s letter and the paper entitled ARMY 2020 – TRANSFORMING THE BRITISH ARMY and the references to Reserves at paras 2.5 & 5.7.  The details of the new Regular Army Order of Battle are at Annex D. 

 Detail of changes to the Reserve structure and lay down will not be available for several months and are dependent on further studies into the requirements for the integrated force structure and the Basing Study (including the return from Germany) both of which are under way.

 Of note from the regional perspective, is that fact that there will be an “Infantry Brigade North East” co-terminus with the present 15 Brigade Boundaries: where the HQ is to be located is not specified.  The attached flyer and the following extracts from the COs’ briefing pack gives a reasonable summary of the background to the announcement:

 The Need for Change

  • Implement the direction set out in the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2010:
    • Armed Forces to adopt a more adaptable posture.
    • Manage risks before they materialize in the UK – overseas capacity building.
    • Reduce the Regular strength of the Army from around 102,000 to 82,000 and a trained Reserve of 30,000.
  • Reserves better integrated within the Regular force with a more defined role.
  • Drawdown of combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
  • Rebasing following the withdrawal from Germany.

 A Fully Integrated Reserve

  • Full integration of the Reserves is central to the delivery of Army 2020.
  • Reserves will routinely provide general military capability.
  • Reserve units to be partnered with Regular units for training and force generation.
  • Significant operational experience within the Reserve Force.
  • Significant work underway to ensure Reserves have required expertise to fulfil required role.

 Army 2020 – Implementation

  • Structural Changes.
    • Gradual move to the Army 2020 structure over the next 5 years.
    • No unit deletions or amalgamations before August 2013.
  • Personnel.
    • Redundancy.
    • Careers.
  • Basing.
    • Laydown to be announced towards the end of 2012.
  • Equipment.
  • Chain of Command will be kept informed of progress on these key areas.

 Army 2020 Summary

  • SDSR 10:
    • The need to maintain an adaptable posture.
    • Overseas Engagement.
    • Homeland Resilience.
  • Reaction, Adaptable Forces, supported by Force Troops.
  • A fully integrated Reserve force – integral to the success of Army 2020.
  • We will remain a world class Army.
  • Continue to provide challenge, opportunity and adventure.

 Implementation – Personnel

  • Requirement for two further tranches of redundancies.  
  • Increase in Reserve manpower.
  • Need to re-examine the Regulars’ and Reserves’ career structures for both officers and soldiers, along with the supporting management system and training & education requirements.
  • Careers will continue to provide opportunities and challenges: enduring requirement for mobility.
  • Army 2020 Career Development work is linked to the New Employment Model and the Future Armed Forces Pension Scheme studies – both due to report later this year.

 Implementation – Reserves

  • Final Reserve ORBAT and lay down reliant on Army Basing Plan – to be completed in late 2012.
  • Army 2020 unit roles sequenced with final ORBAT.
  • Future Reserves 2020 will provide the means to achieve the Army 2020 end state:
    • Significant increase in manning to reach new trained liability.
    • Progressively integrated sub-unit exercises in the UK and overseas, linked to Army 2020 pairing & integration.
    • Individuals and Units equipped in line with role & readiness.
    • Updated TACOS to support new commitment.
    • Employer relations vital to success.
  • Stabilising Reserve training & attendance to deliver outputs.
  • Implementation from Oct 12 to Oct 13.

 The Council of RFCAs has made the following comments:

  • Until the requirements for the integrated force and the Basing Study (inc the return from Germany) have been confirmed detail, it is not possible to work out the detail of the TA organisation and lay down. 
  • There is an enormous amount that RFCAs can and should do to assist the Chains of Command.  In particular we are well placed (if resourced properly) to assist with the Employer Engagement task and we can help the Adaptive Brigades in their regional tasks.  We can also help to set the conditions for better recruiting and retention of Reserve Forces.
  • On the whole this is very good news for Reserve Forces.

 This information can also be found in the public area of our website.  More detailed slide presentation and accompanying notes are held in the members’ area.

 As soon as we have the information for the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force we will post it to our website


 CE RFCA Y&H                                                                                              5 July 2012

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