Grant Evatt, London-based Director at Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, has expressed his concern over news that the British Army could be reduced to its smallest size in nearly 250 years, taking its overall troop level to just 50,000 soldiers.
A report by the respected Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) suggests that defence budgets may be slashed by 10 per cent during the next parliament, shrinking personnel for the three Armed Forces by as many as 42,000.
Britain’s military appears once again in line for massive culls after the next general election because of the continuing austerity drive and a lack of commitment by any of the major parties to protect defence spending, Rusi said.
“Any further threats to reduce the strength of our military forces will have a catastrophic effect both upon morale within the ranks and on our standing in the international community. We must keep troop numbers at an operationally effective level and a financial commitment to defence is desperately needed from this and the next government.”
Grant has a long-standing association with the military having joined the Junior Leaders Regiment Royal Artillery aged just 16. After 12-months basic training he volunteered for Commando Forces and after successfully passing the All Arms Commando Course at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines he was posted to 8 Battery 29 Commando Regiment RA in Plymouth. A qualified Platoon weapon’s instructor, military skiing instructor, parachutist and diver, Grant proudly served his country worldwide for another 10 years before a knee injury brought his military career to a premature end.