RFCA members to receive overview of reviews into UK defence

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Members of the RFCA for Yorkshire and the Humber will be given an overview of implications of major reviews into the UK’s defence approach.

Assistant chief of the Defence Staff (reserves and cadets) Major General Simon Brooks-Ward will be the keynote speaker at the forthcoming association meeting which will take place virtually on Monday 24 May at 11.30am.

He will outline his assessment of what the Government’s recently published review into the future of UK defence and security means for the reserves forces. He will also cover the forthcoming Reserve Forces 2030 Review.

Members will also be updated on the National Volunteer Estate Review and the ongoing RFCA Reform Project.

Significant reconfiguration

Chief executive of the RFCA for Yorkshire and the Humber Jason Wright said the Integrated Defence Review, represented the most significant reconfiguration of UK defence for a generation and, together with
Reserve Forces 2030, highlighted a clear ambition to maximise the contribution made by skilled reserves.

“As an organisation we are still assessing the implications of these reviews for the work of the RFCA for Yorkshire and the Humber as well as for RFCAs more widely,” he said.

“However, it’s plain that the role of reserve forces within the overarching defence landscape has never been more significant. And that means our work supporting their recruitment and their interests in the workplace is potentially more crucial than ever before.

“As always, we stand ready to support the Ministry of Defence and military in the region and it will be hugely important to hear what  Major General Brooks-Ward has to say.”

Members have all been sent instructions on how they can join the association meeting by zoom. For more details, email Emily on [email protected]

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