Government announces British Army ‘Union Division’ in ‘Future Soldier’ ​​restructuring

The British government has announced a series of reforms for the British military, including the creation of a “Union Division”.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace explained in the House of Commons that as part of the “Future Soldier” project, the military will be reorganized as an “expeditionary force” designed to be “deployable and deadly”.

The military will be made smaller, but will be “more productive,” Wallace said, with improved equipment, new experiments and pilot groups to keep it “on the cutting edge of technology.”

There will be no layoffs, but 9,000 posts will be cut.

One of the main criteria for the restructured army will be “at the heart of the Union”, the conservative minister told MPs. Part of that will mean basing an “increased portion of the military in each of the decentralized nations,” Wallace said.

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The army will be divided into four administrative infantry divisions: the Guards and Parachute Division, the Queens Division, the Light Division and finally the Union Division.

“These divisions are designed to reflect historical ties, while also balancing their battalion numbers and unit roles, providing greater flexibility and opportunity for soldiers of all ranks,” Wallace said.

SNP defense spokesman Stewart McDonald criticized the “politicization” of the division names.

“Attempts like this to politicize wait staff who choose to embark on careers in uniform with a desire to protect are a sign of how desperate the Conservative government has become,” he said.

“Soldiers need a real improvement in terms and conditions, not used for political purposes.”

Alba MP Kenny MacAskill (below) described the naming of the new division as “embarrassing”.

“Given the extermination of the Scottish regiments, this is an embarrassing and shameful disregard for Scotland’s historic role in the armed forces,” he told The National.

“You can only imagine the outrage from Unionist politicians when independence supporters tried to militarize the constitutional issue – and this is exactly what the British government is doing.”

The Glencorse Barracks in Edinburgh will be retained, while Kinloss in Moray and Leuchars in Fife will be expanded.

The Ministry of Defense said the £355 million investment “will deliver more than £1 billion in economic benefits to Scotland”.

1 Scots becomes 1st Battalion of a new Ranger Regiment, along with three other battalions.

It will be part of the newly created Army Special Operations Brigade, which is expected to be deployed alongside allies to counter extremist organizations and hostile state threats.

The 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the Royal Regiment of Scotland remain stationed in Scotland, with 2 Scots in Edinburgh.

3 Scots will remain in Inverness until 2029 before moving to Leuchars – as part of a new Security Force Assistance Brigade.

The Scots Dragoon Guards remain a Light Cavalry Regiment from Leuchars.

SNP MP Douglas Chapman said Scotland is still facing closures of the base.

At Westminster, he said, “With this statement and its complexity, the devil will be in the details.”

Major General Bill Wright, Scotland’s senior general, said of the reforms: “Scotland will have a large unit and Future Soldier will also see a larger proportion of the British army in Scotland.

“This provides the opportunity for more Scottish soldiers to be closer to home, while delivering a wider range of exciting roles.”

Conservative Defense Committee chairman Tobias Ellwood was also critical of the “Future Soldier” proposals. He was concerned about the consequences of making the military smaller at this point.

In the House of Commons, the MP for Bournemouth East and a former soldier said: “If there were a more proactive UK foreign policy, if we were more ambitious in the spirit of ‘global Britain’ and made serious, lasting commitments, it would armed forces seriously.

“Would the Defense Secretary agree that our world is becoming more dangerous, more complex? The sheer volume of migrants fleeing failed states, with some trying to cross the Channel here, is evidence of this and will only increase.

“Because we are wisely tuning our combat capabilities, now is not the time to cut the defense budget or reduce our tanks, our armored fighting vehicles and our troop numbers as we are doing now.”

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The defense secretary agreed that “the world is a more anxious, insecure place” and that next year “many parts of the world will be put to the test”.

However, he stressed that that is linked to “the ambition of any government today”, adding: “He has said, and I understand his point that we must be prepared to do more, we must be more ambitious and I know that he has called for spending, I think, 3% of GDP, what I would say is that the reforms proposed today and the army of the future as draft correspond to the current ambition of the government.

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