Army 2020 Refine
The Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 announced that the structure of the Reaction and Adaptable Forces would further change, in an evolution of the previous Army 2020 plan. The main changes of Army 2020 Refine were:
- Creation of two new "Strike brigades", to be formed by converting an Armoured Infantry brigade and an Infantry brigade. These will be formed by 2025, comprising 5,000 personnel each, equipped with Ajax vehicles.
- The UK's 3rd division will, by 2025, comprise two armoured infantry brigades, a strike brigade, and a strike experimentation group (which would later convert to a second Strike brigade).
- Creation of a Specialised Infantry Group, to be formed by converting four infantry battalions and creation of a new battalion and training cell.
- Two innovative brigades were to be established, comprising a mix of regulars and specialist capabilities from the reserves, that were able to contribute to strategic communications, tackle hybrid warfare and deliver better battlefield intelligence.
Strike brigades & Armoured Infantry brigades
The armoured infantry brigades were reduced from three to two, as one was converted to a Strike Brigade. In a Defence Committee hearing, Chief of the General Staff Sir Nicholas Carter stated that "each of these [Strike] brigades will have two AJAX regiments and probably two Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) battalions as well." There was to be around 50 to 60 Ajax vehicles per Strike Brigade.
A December 2016 written statement stated that the first Strike Brigade to form would consist of:
- Household Cavalry Regiment
- King's Royal Hussars
- 1st Battalion, Scots Guards
- The Highlanders, 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland
Other units such as 1 Regiment RLC, 1 Close Support Battalion REME, 3 Medical Regiment and 21 Engineer Regiment would provide close support to this Strike Brigade. 3rd Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery, and 4th Regiment, Royal Artillery were to provide artillery support to the Strike Brigades.
Specialised Infantry Group
- Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland
- 4th Battalion, The Rifles
- 2nd Battalion, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment
- 2nd Battalion, Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
- 3rd Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles (formed in 2018)
Several units were initially meant to be rationalised, with all manpower in those units being redeployed to other areas of the Army in its refined structure. These were originally:
- Headquarters, 102nd Logistic Brigade
- 35 Engineer Regiment
- Headquarters, 64 Works Group, Royal Engineers
- 2 Medical Regiment
- Headquarters, 4th Regiment, Royal Military Police
- 33 Field Hospital
- 104, 105 and 106 Battalions of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
- 32nd Regiment, Royal Artillery
The Scottish and Prince of Wales' Divisions of infantry merged, incorporating the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Royal Welsh and Royal Irish Regiment. This administrative division was called the Scottish, Welsh and Irish Division. The Mercian Regiment transferred from the Prince of Wales’ Division to the King's Division.
Field Army restructuring 2019
- 1st (United Kingdom) Division
- 3rd (United Kingdom) Division
- 6th (United Kingdom) Division (formerly Force Troops Command)
- Future of the British Army (Army 2020)
- Future Soldier (British Army)
- Future of the Royal Navy
- Future of the Royal Air Force
- List of equipment of the British Army
- List of units and formations of the British Army 2020
- "Daily Hansard". HM Government. 23 November 2015. https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/ldhansrd/text/151123-0002.htm.
- "National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015". HM Government. November 2015. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/478933/52309_Cm_9161_NSS_SD_Review_web_only.pdf.
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- Burgess, Sally (1 August 2019). "British Army to train cyber spies to combat hackers and digital propaganda". Sky News. London. https://news.sky.com/story/british-army-to-train-cyber-spies-to-combat-hackers-and-digital-propaganda-11774552.
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- Army 2020 Brochure
- Army 2020 July 2013 update
- Regular British Army basing plan March 2013
- Major British Army sites
- Structure of regular British Army as given by AFF
- Army Reserve changes and future basing
- Partial information via FOIA on Army 2020 Refine Units
- Army Information Sub-Strategy (2015 – 2018)
- Future of the Army - British Army website
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