Medics, HGV drivers, helicopter pilots, civil engineers, linguists etc etc can be ideally placed to make tremendous and cost-effective contributions with relatively little purely military training. But not infantry. Why ? Because modern conflict requires that infantry be trained in formation, for manoeuvre warfare. This can't be done at weekends. The Army long ago realised that TA tank units made no sense, and the same is true of infantry.If you are interested in detailed military stuff, take a look at this: an almost complete new TA Order of Battle (the omission is rather obvious ...).
Unfortunately, numbers are not given, which limits the deductions we can make. But here are some quick inferences:
- Army Air Corps and REME both being enlarged. Good
- Sappers and transport units apparently being reduced. Not so sure about that.
- No new infantry units, so if numbers of bayonets are to be increased it will be by pumping up the existing regiments. If you insist on doing so, this way makes sense: most line battallions are under strength now.
- Medical Corps essentially unchanged in every detail. The reservist medics have performed brilliantly in theatre (pun intended) from 1991 onwards and it is no surprise nothing needs to be changed.
Whether they can get the quantity and quality of personnel to carry out any of these plans is another matter ...