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Revealed: The Infantry Battalions To Be Axed
Sky News has obtained details of the five infantry battalions that are to be scrapped as part of Government cuts.
They are 5 Scots - The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, one battalion of The Yorkshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (The Staffords) and 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh Regiment.
Sky's defence and security editor Sam Kiley said: "While this is a cultural blow particularly to the people who have served in these units in the past, nowadays they are part of bigger regiments in any case.
"Where the controversy will lie is with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and The Royal Welsh because they will be down to one battalion regiment."
He added: "Back in 2006, the whole idea of the amalgamations that we saw then was that the army did not end up with single battalion regiments that were unwieldy and very difficult to bring good officers and good men on because they got stovepiped in this one institution."
The battalions will be disbanded under planned reductions to the army from more than 100,000 troops to 82,000 by 2020.
The controversial reforms are being seen as a revolution and their success will depend on the ability of the army to recruit 30,000 reservists.
The army plans to lean heavily on reserves and they will be expected to shoulder a third of the burden of long-term operations.