I am not so sure that the 2,900 less 20% that is quoted in the DT is actually not far off how many are in the RNR anyway. I would not be surprised if it included Royal too to make the numbers look bigger.
Perhaps they should freeze promotion for Ministers starting at the top? When one resigns/retires s/he won't be replaced - as a cost-cutting measure - the savings could contribute towards their increased allowances!
Thus when TB resigns, he shouldn't be replaced by a PM but only by a Minister - on lower pay and of course the lower pension. This would also benefit the taxpayer in another way too - should he have to retire on grounds of ill health or resign after a year an a day, he wouldn't then get the full PM's pension as at present...
...alternately perhaps they'll allow all service personnel to retire on a full pension after completing a year and a day's service? Now there's an idea!
From info recently given out by one of the big wigs I was led to believe that the current RNR establishment figures were already well below the 2,900 given above and that if the current ongoing recruitment drive did not produce results, then we were very close to cease being a going concern. If they reduce the RNR by 20%, by my reckoning thats our arses. Me personally, I will wait until they start dishing out the P45's before I start to worry too much.