UK outlines changes to boost Army reserves

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Posted: Jul 03, 2013 8:39 AM

LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense minister says army reservists will get military pensions and other benefits as part of a government bid to boost reserve numbers.

The proposals unveiled by Philip Hammond — which include rebranding the Territorial Army as the Army Reserve — come as Britain cuts its regular army from 100,000 to just over 80,000 soldiers and increases its army reservists to 30,000 by 2018, from around 25,000.

Hammond told lawmakers Wednesday that "the job we are asking our reservists to do is changing." He announced further training and moving forward some 40 million pounds of investment in new equipment for reservists.

He added that such changes were key to ensuring Britain's military capabilities in the coming years.