Reservists deployed to Falklands

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120 reserve paratroopers have been deployed to the Falkland Islands. It is the first time that a reserve force has been deployed to help garrison the islands since the British government was forced to fortify them in the wake of the 1982 Falklands War. The paratroopers are said to all hail from Lincoln in the East Midlands.

A source in the MoD told the Express;

This is a great opportunity to give them a focus. In the past we’ve pennypacketed reservists. You’d have a group of 20, including a sergeant, put in among regulars. It meant reservist officers never got to command. This allows them to experience duties which are difficult to do here.

The deployment reflects the British Army’s growing trend towards greater use of part-time forces to complement full-time personnel. Known as “Future Army 2020”, the aim is to integrate regular and reserve personnel in to a more harmonious force than has been the case in the past. This would consist of a planned 82,000 regular personnel supported by 30,000 trained reservists. A consequence of this will be that reserve troops will be deployed more frequently on operations in the future. The plan was conceived in 2012 as a response to the then coalition government’s sweeping reforms in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

The MoD admits however that recruitment and retention of personnel is becoming an increasing problem. Recently, the Army introduced gift vouchers to soldiers who could convince friends to sign up indicating just how serious the problem is. Unfortunately, personnel shortages affect all branches of the armed forces and this will no doubt only further the use of reserve personnel in order to maintain the UK’s operational commitments.

 

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6 responses to “Reservists deployed to Falklands

  1. It’s good to see that reservist are being deployed to the Falklands. The opportunity will increase their operational capabilities should they be needed in the event of hostilities. Having said that, the Argentine military is currently in no position to threaten the sovereignty of the Falklands, unless they mount a surprise commando assault via Hercules transport aircraft to take mount pleasant, which was discussed some years ago by the Argentine high command. Thanks for the post Tony.

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    • Thanks as always mate. The Argentinians managed to carry out a recce of Port Stanley airfield a few days before the 1982 invasion using a Herc. They flew close to the islands and declared an emergency to which the Port Stanley control tower obliged and allowed them to land. Instead, the Herc simply flew over the airfield and returned to Argentina. The guys on the ground reported that they had seen what they believed was a reconnaissance pod on the Hercules but it seems little was done about it.

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