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Quicklook at Defence by Stuart Middleton

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Chapter Nine: Reserve forces

“I would be rather more happy had he given me one more division.” Erwin Rommel, successful Second World War German general

The Requirement for Reserve Forces

Armed forces have always found themselves short of trained manpower at critical moments when a surge in the size of the force is needed quickly. It is therefore prudent to have arrangements to recall people who have served in the armed services at relatively short notice. Some accept a reserve commitment following their previous regular service. There are also trained members of the volunteer reserves. Clearly it is beneficial if trained reserves have recent experience of the latest equipment and skills. There are age and time limits applied to reserve service, ...

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