HUFFINGTON POST
07/18/2011 12:59 pm ET | Updated Sep 17, 2011

UK Reserve Forces Boosted In Military Shake-Up

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Defence Secretary Liam Fox has announced a £1.5 billion investment in UK reserve forces over the next 10 years as part of a wide-ranging shake-up of the UK's military.

Dr Fox told MPs that the Territorial Army would form around 30% of a 120,000-strong Army by 2020.

In a statement to MPs, Dr Fox announced major changes in the basing of forces, with RAF installations set to be taken over by Army units returning from Germany.

Dr Fox also announced a commitment for a 1%-a-year real-terms increase in the defence equipment and support budget from 2015/16 to 2020/21.

He told MPs £400 million would be spent this Parliament on boosting the reserve forces, with the possibility of new legislation to "ensure that the reserves are more readily usable on operations".

He added: "This significant investment will also build up the capacity of the reserves to contribute to homeland security."

Dr Fox said the growth in the Territorial Army's strength would allow a "progressive adjustment" in the balance with regular troops.

"By 2020, if the Territorial Army develops in the way we intend, we envisage a total force of around 120,000, broadly in the ratio 70:30 regular to reserve.

"This will be more in line with comparable countries such as the United States, Canada and Australia."