The Defence Secretary Drives Colleagues to get More Staff into the Reserves

Posted on July 2, 2014

Civil servants to fill Army reserves gaps

Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, has told ministers to redouble efforts to make sure one per cent of their staff are reservists.

Thousands of civil servants are to be encouraged to join the Army reserves to help the Government fill a gap in numbers caused by sacking thousands of full-time troops.

Cabinet ministers were told by defence secretary Philip Hammond to redouble their efforts to ensure one per cent of the staff in their departments are part-time soldiers, sailors or airmen.

Given that there are 450,000 officials employed by central Government, this means that 4,500 civil servants could be deployed into the reserves.

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