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The Deputy Commander Land Forces is a senior British Army officer who serves as deputy to the Commander Land Forces. Formerly designated Commander Field Army (CFA) he had command over the Deployable Divisions of the British Army i.e. those divisions on full strength.


The UK Field Army was first established in 1982 when the Deputy Commander-in-Chief at UK Land Forces was designated Commander of that formation. In 1995 the designation changed to Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Land Command. The Field Army was re-established in 2003, under the LANDmark reorganisation.[1] The Commander of the Field Army had two deployable Divisions (1st Armoured Division and 3rd Mechanised Division), HQ 6th Division, Theatre Troops, Joint Helicopter Command, and Training Support under him. The post of Commander Field Army ceased to exist from 1 November 2011 following a major army command reorganisation.[2] The post of Deputy Commander Land Forces was recreated again in January 2012.[3]

Recent Deputy Commanders

Recent Commanders have been:[3]
Deputy Commander-in-Chief UK Land Forces

Commander UK Field Army

Deputy Commander-in-Chief Land Command

Commander Field Army

Deputy Commander Land Forces

Recent Deputy Commanders (Reserves)

Recent Commanders for the Reserves have been:


  1. Lt Col Richard Quinlan, R Signals, HQ Theatre Troops, in News From Formations, The Wire, April 2003, p.127
  2. Army Command reorganization Defence Marketing Intelligence, 10 November 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Army Commands
  4. First ever two star post created Ministry of Defence[dead link]
  5. Defence Medical Welfare Service: Patrons

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