Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Reservists

I started wondering about the Territorial Army in light of both yesterday's post and President Bush authorising the US Marine Corps to recall thousands of inactive reservists to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to the Times report back in July of Des Browne's announcement of reinforcements for the British troops in Afghanistan:
The extra troops numbers will involve a call-up of reservists. There are currently150 serving in Helmand, mostly from the Territorial Army, and 450 more will receive notices to deploy.

Which, given that the total new assignment was 900 troops, implies that half the fresh soldiers will be part timers.

Here's a human interest piece about the imminent deployment of lads from the TA in Gloucestershire to Helmand.

It all seems rather ominous a drum beat to me.
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