In the furore of the weekend this little horror story got overshadowed. A good day to bury bad news?
Despite providing the largest levels of support for the regular army since the Korean War there are plans to cut the TA by almost a third. As Liam Fox said, this plan is “utterly indefensible”.
An MoD spokesman said: “Its aim is to ensure that our reserve forces, including the Territorial Army, are correctly structured, supported and resourced to meet current and future challenges.” how does that fit with a senior TA officer (not me) who said: “Treasury bean counters have ordered the Ministry of Defence [MoD] to cut all budgets, so TA units will have to be axed or amalgamated and the number of training days cut to way below the minimum.”
What a great way to repay an organization which has stepped up to the challenge and provided (and lost) soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Serjeant Chris Reed of 6th Battalion The Rifles (6 RIFLES) was killed in action in the Garmsir District of Helmand Province on the 1st January 2009.
Serjeant Reed was attached to C Company of the 1st Battalion The Rifles (1 RIFLES) Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT) Battle Group and was Second in Command of his team of 8 Riflemen working alongside their Afghan National Army (ANA) counterparts. The Molts assist and teach the ANA in all aspects of military operations.
Serjeant Reed was killed by an improvised explosive device whilst conducting a vehicle patrol alongside the ANA in the desert of Helmand.