Sunday Times - RAF 'to double Fast Jet squadrons' in SDSR, Army to do badly...

#1
Latest in the SDSR saga is in the Sunday Times today (I don't have online subscription so can't link actual article). Essentially its saying that current plans for SDSR are built around a growth back up to 12 Fast Jet squadrons by keeping the Tranche 1 typhoons in service and possibly the Tornado too for longer, in order to build up more mass in the FJ fleet. The RN is likely to grow by 2500 (10%) to fully man the carriers and submarine force.

Meanwhile the Army is likely to see senior ranks slashed, and vehicles mothballed and reduced opportunities - the review seems to be setting a course (if true!) for an Army that does relatively little, while the RN and RAF do the bulk of power projection.

Interesting if true!

(copied from ARRSE user jim30)
 
#2
I also hear on the grapevine that the RN upper echelons are very confident that they'll do well out of this SDSR. Whether they'll be able to recruit/retain the skilled personnel is a very different question!
 
#4
Safeguard, Raleigh's intake is increasing from next year, pre-empting SDSR or does someone already know what's in it.

Conspiracy theories on a postcard please :)
 
#5
It could just be that the RN is well below manning in certain key trades so they're trying to sort that out by training more .....
 

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#7
It has been stated that the Navy needs to grow to actually continue its current tasking because redundancies were incorrectly calculated, not even taking into account the carriers and the upcoming SDSR.

Inevitably, now that combat ops in Afghanistan are regarded as a "mission accomplished", boneheaded MPs will conclude the Army is fair game for cuts. Or even bright ideas "Lets make squaddies sailors".

I still maintain that highly polished boots are a fire hazard on ships. It'll never work. ;)

Besides, Mr Cameron appears to have declared war in Syria without asking what parliament think about boots on the ground. It'll be "sailors to soldiers" before we know it.
 
#15
It has been stated that the Navy needs to grow to actually continue its current tasking because redundancies were incorrectly calculated, not even taking into account the carriers and the upcoming SDSR.

Inevitably, now that combat ops in Afghanistan are regarded as a "mission accomplished", boneheaded MPs will conclude the Army is fair game for cuts. Or even bright ideas "Lets make squaddies sailors".

I still maintain that highly polished boots are a fire hazard on ships. It'll never work. ;)

Besides, Mr Cameron appears to have declared war in Syria without asking what parliament think about boots on the ground. It'll be "sailors to soldiers" before we know it.
During the height of the Iraq War, the US ran a "blue to green" scheme where, IIRC, you kept you old pay and benefits but lost your rank as you transferred from USN/USAF to US Army/USMC.
 
#18
Latest in the SDSR saga is in the Sunday Times today (I don't have online subscription so can't link actual article). Essentially its saying that current plans for SDSR are built around a growth back up to 12 Fast Jet squadrons by keeping the Tranche 1 typhoons in service and possibly the Tornado too for longer, in order to build up more mass in the FJ fleet. The RN is likely to grow by 2500 (10%) to fully man the carriers and submarine force.

Meanwhile the Army is likely to see senior ranks slashed, and vehicles mothballed and reduced opportunities - the review seems to be setting a course (if true!) for an Army that does relatively little, while the RN and RAF do the bulk of power projection.

Interesting if true!

(copied from ARRSE user jim30)
Just overheard something along these lines from a "Senior" with links to the MOD at work :)
 

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