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General Sir Mike Jackson voices renewed concerns over Army size
The former head of the Army, General Sir Mike Jackson, has voiced renewed concerns about cuts to the size of the Army in a new podcast for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, for which he served as President from 2014 until April this year.
Reflecting on the current manpower, which is now just under 80,000 regulars compared with the 265,000 serving when he joined the Army in 1965, Gen. Sir Mike says, ‘It worries me that 80,000 may not be big enough.’ He goes on to say that in the event of being required to fight a set-piece battle, the Army would be down to a position where it could field a single division, perhaps with two or three brigades, and this is the maximum effort that could be expected from today’s Army. This is described as ‘frightening by comparison’ and he fears yet more cuts.
Gen. Sir Mike speaks freely in General Talk, a new monthly podcast for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, on a range of topics including his recollections from the Troubles, Iraq, and his famous clash with his American commander General Wesley Clark in Kosovo, when Jackson refused to ‘start World War Three’ in response to an order to intercept Russian forces.
You can listen to General Talk here
About ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the Army’s national charity, formed in 1944 to provide a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their families when they are in need. In the past year, we have helped 70,000 members of the Army family in 68 countries across the globe, and funded 92 other charities and organisations to deliver specialist services. While there is a British Army, there will be The Soldiers’ Charity.
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