Another 189 Army reserves heading to Northern Ireland
The number of Army reserves based in Northern Ireland is set to increase by almost 200.
Around 2,000 reserves and nearly 2,000 regular personnel are already based in the country, and this announcement serves to underline the military’s strong ties with Northern Ireland.
Some 189 new reserve posts will be created, which marks an increase of nine per cent, and should take overall Army reserve posts to 2,100 by the end of the year.
Defence secretary Gavin Williamson made the announcement during a visit to the Northern Ireland-based reservists from 152 (North Irish) Regiment, the Royal Logistic Corps and 2nd Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment.
Mr Williamson said the move underlines the military’s commitment to the entire UK.
“Our reserves programme is immensely popular in Northern Ireland, with more than twice as many people from Northern Ireland volunteering compared to the national average,” he commented.
In addition to the 1,850 Army reservists currently in Northern Ireland, there are also 110 Royal Navy and Royal Marine reserves, and 130 Royal Auxiliary Air Force personnel.