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Transformation Post Op Herrick Under Army 2020 06.02.14

Transformation Post Op Herrick Under Army 2020 06.02.14



this is the past of first Armored Division many of its challenger tanks have already left Germany some of its people have two more will go soon along with their lighter or more agile vehicles of the future so it's looking over here I've worked on husky Foxhound Land Rover and man's Rock so it's been quite different there and jackal actually once we get back from op Herrick 19 we're moving as a battalion to the former RAF Leuchars and that in itself will bring some changes well the old vehicles haven't all gone yet the changes are already underway in August the word armoured will be removed from first divisions name reflecting much greater change underneath first thing that's changing is these two brigades being amalgamated with so much change ahead there's a big job to keep everyone on the same track so senior officers are coming together every few months to share their plans the adaptable forces is a sniffing part of the overall army 2020 model it is a force that is built upon light roll excellence we're moving into something which is going to provide us with variety it's going to provide us with something which has us engaged it's has us out and about particularly in terms of out and about overseas and it continues to be underpinned by that core fighting spirit that runs through this fantastic historical division Britain's training of Malian troops is the kind of international engagements that one div is looking towards but before a crisis happens rather than after the strategy has already been trialed by four Brigade who've been making links with North African nations and initial plans been made for other adaptable fourth brigades to build the same bridges in other parts of the world potential flash points potentially useful allies or to build on existing ties the plan will be refined over the coming months to share knowledge perhaps carry out exercises together and to offer training in our business prevention is always going to be better than cure seeking to stop conflict is obviously going to be better than having to do it subsequently but by having these relationships and this understanding then being better placed to respond if that is what is required engagement in the UK will also be an important job for the adaptable force helping out when needed and asked keeping the army in the public eye that's Michael for recruitment almost half of the adaptable force will be reservists each of their units paired with a regular counterpart is enormous value that these people are going to bring particularly for some of the more subtle aspects of the tasks that we have particular in terms of you know the cultural understanding and some of the specialist skills for some of the things were going to be involved in well the future is planned one division has to stay focused on right now as well seven Brigade are in Afghanistan when they leave it will be 20 brigade who replace them for the final Herrick tour it will return to a new beginning the adaptable Forces is a significant part of the overall army 2020 model it is a force that is built upon light roll excellence its core white wall fighting skills of course it absolutely at the heart of it as you'd expect with any part of the British Army what's particularly exciting about the adaptable force is that it's a force that's engaged it's engaged overseas and it's engaged at home and what that means is that it is out and about in regions of interest overseas seeking to build understanding of those regions but also seeking to build relationships in those regions and where necessary and providing support or where requested providing support in those particular countries of interest recognizing of course that in our business prevention is always going to be better than cure and seeking to help shape the international environments and seeking to stop conflict is obvious again to be better than having to do all this subsequently but by having these relationships and this understanding them being better placed to respond if that is what is required but it's also about being engaged at home ensuring that we have as an army the right relationship with our local communities helping our communities to understand their army and providing whatever support obviously that it is appropriate and in that regard with a view ultimately from our perspective of ensuring of course that we get in the right level of recruiting and rights level of support in terms of our reserves and the third overall strand is it is a force which is held at readiness to respond if that is what is required in whatever guys whether that's overseas or at home so it is still going to involve old-fashioned soldiering if it comes to it well out of course of course ultimate business is success in combat and that will be very much at the beating heart of the organization but as you say prevention is better than cure you will have people out and about in parts of the world what are they going to be doing when they go to those other countries if they're not fighting there well the each of the brigades within the adaptable force and a little bit wider Indian in terms of other brigades from the rest of the army will have responsibilities for certain regions which have been prioritized as areas of particularly UK national interest and we will have people outside about as you say so the brigade commander particularly in terms of coordinating the engagement with these with these areas but pressing that right the way down through the chain of command one would see that's routine training happening in these in these areas but also much of the routine activity the liaison really needs there's a full command business in terms of all ranks getting involved it is a journey of transformation that you're setting out on that's what this impose IAM this week is for how big a change is this going to be for the men and women who you command and and particularly as your divisions still have to to wrap up the job in Afghanistan yeah the job in Afghanistan as you put it I mean it's as you know we have seven brigade there and joined young with the gate shortage to follow them that will continue to be our main effort as you would expect until that sends a lot of Herot comes to comes to a close but there is fundamental change happening so that to the division during the course of this year and I would say wholly appropriate I mean this is about changing the shape of our army and changing the focus of our army in order to make sure that it is best positioned for the challenges that we anticipate in the future and we have had a you know a substantial period of planning and we're entering 2014 which is pretty much the year of implementation for much of this and you know it is start of an exciting journey for some in the army and it is a minority but for some they've been told they may be facing redundancy over the coming year as they try to think about their future what do you say to them about about the future in the adaptable force well this is the final tranche of redundancy it's a relatively small try at 1400 it's say it's a necessary evil I think that I would I would say we need to get our army in the right shape for what is required in the future and we've had to make some adjustments in terms of of the manpower structures a result the most important thing for me as a divisional commander is for those people who are being made redundancies to give them all the possible supports give them the softest landing as they as they take that step but ultimately it is for the for the good of the overall shape and future of the army that we get our structures right I think people understand that you also face the significant challenge of boosting reservists numbers how important are they to your plans well it is really important it's particularly important for the new data the adaptable force and just under half of the force will be based on on the reserves and it's a again I think it's you know it's a really interesting proposition is enormous value that these people are going to bring particularly for some of the more subtle aspects of the tasks that we have particularly in terms of you know that their cultural understanding and some of the specialist skills for some of the things were going to be involved as you go into the start of this long transformation what is your message to to your soldiers and also to their families well I think in terms of for the adaptable force I would say that you know we're moving into something which is going to provide us with with variety it's going to provide us with something which has us engaged it has us out and about particularly in terms of out and about overseas and it continues to be underpinned by that core fighting spirit that runs through this fantastic historical division and that will continue into the future so I think from a soldiers perspective it's a yeah this is this is a great proposition and I think we should embrace it and we will seek all value from it as we go from the family to perspective it does have the prospect of greater stability Afghanistan will be coming to a close we will be moving back to the UK and we see ourselves in a slightly more stable existence than we have been perhaps over the last 10 years time will tell


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