Army ‘to be cut by 10,000 troops’ in defence review

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The Royal Marines are to be transformed into a new Future Commando Force (FCF) to be deployed around the world on an “enduring basis” in a major overhaul of the armed forces.

The Ministry of Defence said the FCF will take on many of the traditional tasks of the Special Forces, the SAS and SBS, alongside a new Army Ranger Regiment announced last week.

The changes are to be be set out in a defence command paper, as forces are braced to lose some “industrial age” capabilities with older tanks, ships and warplanes to be axed or phased out early.

The biggest loser is expected to be the Army, amid reports that around 10,000 troops are to be cut, reducing its overall strength to around 72,500.

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