The UK bought the 60 mm Hirtenburger mortar as a UOR weapon, but, in standard form, it proved to be too heavy and needed too much ammunition to get on target. The armoured brigade would have Ajax Recce, Chally, Ajax IFV (bye bye Warrior! With a universal size, it is easy to see gaps and to fill them. As an example of larger units, the German Army (as did the British and French) started the war with 2 infantry divisions per corps. Why did / do we need mass, as in large numbers of infantry boots on the ground ? How about a Corps of Infantry ? Getting rid of minimi/ LMG was a mistake based on the assumption that medium to long range contacts will dominate future conflicts. 3rd (United Kingdom) Division, based at the heart of the British Army on Salisbury Plain, is the only division at continual operational readiness in the UK. With each Javelin vehicle requiring a driver and commander, this creates a headcount requirement of 1 officer + 31 other ranks. A step in the right direction? With a smaller army limited to just 82,000 soldiers, the organisational structure and number of personnel within individual units starts to become very important. This is why the dismount numbers vary – a bench seats however many can fit, a seat is for one. The overall structure defined by sub-unit organisation reflects the fact that protected mobility is now needed more widely. Army battalions affected by defence cuts. I think this ORBAT with this weapon allocation redresses the balance of infantrymen equipped to assault and those equipped to suppress as well as giving greater flexiblity and lethality by bridging the gap between it and support weapon platoons. On each side behind the benches is a shelf for personal kit (actually designed as a rack for a couple of LAWs). This would fit the MoD whole fleet management. The British … Published 1 December 2015. This structure also reflects the fact that most NATO IFVs accommodate a total of 9 soldiers, e.g. Responsible for all recruiting and training prior to becoming a fully qualified soldier or officer. Significantly, you would reduce the Reserve Infantry from 16 battalions to just 33 rifle coys and so lost not just 15 rifle coys but lost all the support weapons specialists and G1/4/6 troops. Contrarily, in my experience the ‘Gaaards’ are very proud of their role and it forms an important part of their ethos, setting them apart from the rest – after all, they haven’t much else to boast about! The British Government gave an indication of its proposals for the future structure of the British Army in early 2008 in a press report stating that it was considering restructuring the Army … Where does firepower fit into the manning equation ? What capabilities are needed? With IFVs, MIVs and MRVPs, the British Army will have a range of vehicles that can each carry a full section or 9 soldiers. In June '44 there was one 17pdr Firefly per troop, by the end of the war most troops had two. Such a capability is definitely still needed and there is a strong case to re-instate the 51 mm exactly as it was. At present, infantry battalions have a fourth platoon that provides fire support via GPMGs. The Army Personnel Centre Helpdesk (0345 600 9663) provides assistance to Army units, outside agencies and the general public who are inquiring about the disclosure of information held on officers and soldiers. HQ Army Recruiting and Initial Training Command, The Directorate of Children and Young People, https://www.linkedin.com/company/british-army. ( Log Out /  It is also suitable for Light Role battalions operating on foot. Both 12.7 mm BMGs and 40 mm GMGs are vehicle mounted systems. 2) Would it work for the role of the specialised infantry battalions? Why are we tethering ourselves to four? New Zealand’s cavalry troops are structured in this way, having 46 soldiers in six NZLAVs (18 crew, 28 dismounts). Manage, administer and assure Service Complains and deliver and assure Army Individual Development - all in order to deliver the Army's personnel support. Change ). A nominal structure of 1 officer + 19 other ranks is proposed. Thanks for the idea. Other ranks will include the RSM, Drill Sergeant, Chief Clerk, plus 7 additional clerks / drivers. 01 – Introduction Bye. A Two-Star command in the Field Army. If the light battalions have the current strength of 560 then 28, with the specialised infantry unchanged at 267, gives a total of 16748. You are spot on that dismounted mass should dictate the ORBAT rather than vehicle capacity. 16 Air Assault Brigade are specially trained and equipped to deploy by parachute, helicopter and air-landing. Heavy armour battalion You have ended my four day long hunt! Whereas In a peer conflict you’re going to lose and need a lot of people very quickly and you’re probably going to find the army reserve faster than you’re going to find the regular reserve. New Zealand’s cavalry (which would be considered mechanised infantry in the British Army) do this, having 46 soldiers and six NZLAVs per Cav Tp. Light infantry Battalion 02 – Infantry Platoons built around 36 soldiers Maybe have the armoured corps supplying the vehicle crews in a similar way to the Mastiff group on Telic? The Anti-Structures Munition is a developmental program for the British Army to provide a man-portable shoulder-launched weapon capable of destroying hardened structures such as buildings or bunkers.The system is planned to be in service by the end of 2009. A squad, which is the smallest element in the Army structure, is typically made up of four to 10 soldiers and normally is commanded by a sergeant or staff sergeant. Major Units are regiment or battalion-sized with minor units being smaller, either company sized sub-units or platoons. ),The Oxford Illustrated History of the British Army . The British Army’s 2019 recruitment drive caused a stir when it launched with ads featuring ‘me me me millennials’, ‘class clowns’, ‘snowflakes’ and ‘phone zombies’. If you look only at the bataillon here one should realize that a bataillon because of its small size is very insufficient for any real infantry combat in terrain which is suited for infantry. @MikeW If they are vehicle commanders of two of the four section vehicles then when they dismount their vehicle gunner will have double workload. HQ, Brigade of Gurkhas, at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Surrey; British Gurkhas Nepal – recruits for the British Army and Singapore Police, handles soldier and ex-soldier welfare Infantry mass – do we have to give up on this concept ? In recent years the Royal Welsh, RAF, Royal Navy, Gurkhas and even the Royal Malay Regiment have done it. What I have a problem with is your suggestion to “pull one guy out of the turret”. Lead by Commander Field Army, Lieutenant General Ivan Jones CB, Field Army is responsible for generating and preparing forces for current and contingency operations. For the rest of reserve infantry I would convert to “home defence force” non-deployable security force for the UK home base. Whilst the British Army has the capability there is no standing UK Corps organisation, forces being allocated through a number of multi-partite arrangements to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisati… Phase 1 and 2 training for a Combat Medic is around 40 weeks, compared to 28 for an infantry soldier, and even then they are not allowed to practice unsupervised until they’ve completed their class one training (usually a year into their first posting). Responsible for representing the Army Top Level Budget (TLB) within Head Office and outwards to relevant TLBs and dependencies, provides oversight of the Army Operating Model and provides overall personnel policy direction as the Principal Personnel Officer. There are apparently 11 demonstration versions of the Warrior being put through their paces in Dorset. At its peak, in 1813, the regular army contained over 250,000 men. The ideal solution is to have a 30 mm cannon turret with twin ATGM boxes. Note: From Mid 2009 HQ Land Forces has been located at Andover in Hampshire having moved from Wilton near Salisbury. The press coverage, however, amplified the media spend and helped achieve the campaign’s ultimate objective – driving up recruitment numbers at a lower cost than in previous years. Military organization or military organisation is the structuring of the armed forces of a state so as to offer such military capability as a national defense policy may require. These developments, The 60mm Mortar is a tremendous asset we retire at our peril: not only does it have impressive reach and devastating impact (for a man-portable weapon) but the Boss doesn’t have to arrse about queuing (should it be ‘cueing’?) Why is it that everyone thinks being a Medic is something easily relegated to a part time role? more machine guns. At the beginning of the French Revolutionary Wars in 1793, the army was a small, awkwardly administered force of barely 40,000 men. Bear in mind that you have to fit everybody’s kit in – that’s not just kit to fight but to live from. The manual is complete with all amendments to 1956. In actuality, I agree that Ajax IFV replacing Warrior is highly unlikely. This is because the Army Reserve Infantry works to a 1 in 3 model whereby a battalion-strength Reserve unit is expected to muster one third of its strength for a deployment. To be true general purpose infantry they would be trained to act together with the tank units which can transport them and then assist them in the fight, but this tank units would be a world for them own and would even in the case of an unit of IFV be an complete seperate unit which could and should also fight for its own if the need arises. A dedicated anti-armour team can provide overwatch and have a capability to bridge the section-level short-range NLAW and the Jav Platoon which is overworked and undergunned in the current ORBAT. Intermediate ( think 300 blk or 7.62 AK) type calibres optimised for under 300m for carbines and/ or section belt feds. The motorised (Light) brigade would have MRVP/Bushmaster. There are ways and means around problems though, if I recall correctly when they introduced warrior with its seven seats, they split a section into a four man squad and a three man squad and the warrior became a fire support squad, but there’ll have to be some very creative thinking with twenty four seats unless you shrink your platoon or fund a fifth and sixth vehicle. We provide fire safety and fire fighting capability during peace and conflict to protect MOD personnel and assets. Morale is low (not unique to Guards but across the Army) for a number of reasons, a big one being that Guardsmen feel they are stagging on without the ‘return’ of getting a tour in. A Logistics Platoon (formerly the Motor Transport Platoon) will be responsible for operating resupply and replenishment trucks. Officers are at the top of the hierarchy. Ok that’s a long post – so short range air defences, and infantry use of drones later !! @Captain Nemo 'The Iron Division' is made up of 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade (Tidworth), 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade (Bulford Camp), 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade (Paderborn, Germany) and 101st Logistic Brigade (Aldershot). In addition, each section now has an organic 7.62 mm L7A2 GPMG gunner plus a designated marksman with the 7.62 mm L129A1 Sharpshooter rifle. Many regiments of all types are operating well below their headcount caps, meaning that very few battalions operate with the same number of soldiers. The Army is controlled from the MoD via the following subsidiary headquarters and a number of smaller headquarters worldwide. Instead, why can’t be we be open to moving beyond the status quo of four vehicles per platoon? Combat enemy fast air? If you want to replace all kind of different types of specialised infantry with only one type of general purpose infantry, the latter will only be as good as the more specialised types today, if not only the structure and size of the bataillons is changed, but also the overall equipment and its underlying doctrine and you also must invest much more in the training of this infantry. That might work for armoured Infantry or Boxer based mechanized infantry, where the infantry are close protection for armoured vehicles, or their closely supporting artillery firepower. Officers Mess Staff 2 Officers and 18 Othr ranks and the RLC Catering Platoon again a similar number commanded by a WO2 and then the SASC Sergeant and the RAPTC 2 to 3 SNCO/WO all those also add to a Battalions strenth as attached arms. Hence a few questions. fold-out plans and diagrams. Jan 29, 2019 - WWII British Infantry Battalion TO&E diagram Official lists for the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force have been published since the 18th century and give the names of the officers with the dates of their commissions and details of their British Army rank and British Army regiment. The GPMG requires a No 2 with binos to maximise the gun’s effect which is not going to be realised by the crow given the big heavy gun in a section. Mortar platoons with 8 or 9 x 81 mm tubes has been proven on many occasions to be sufficient. The weapons platoon would have the mortar platoon, the anti tank platoon, and an assault gun platoon with some sort of wheeled TD or support gun. What if you disbanded the reserve artillery regiments and added reserve batteries to your regular regiments? In the 1980s, BAOR armoured infantry units mounted in the FV432 APC routinely had 10-soldier sections. However unlikely it is, I think it is desirable though: replacing CVRT, Warrior and Bulldog with a common base platform would be hugely beneficial. Page 1/5. This is followed at the brigade level at which point the support scale starts to really kick in. Each battalion is up to 550 men strong. Between the wars the British looked at designing a mechanized brigade which included a mix of both Tanks and motorized infantry, this was the brain child of visionary’s like Liddell Hart, and his ideas would have placed them in the forefront of tank warfare. The command structure is hierarchical with divisions and brigades responsible for administering groupings of smaller units. Platoons moving around the battlefield in MIVs may additionally get the 30 mm M230LF chain gun (the same light cannon used in the Apache attack helicopter). The Warrior has two benches – how many can you squeeze on? This has the unfortunate side effect of not creating many TA officers above the rank of major. The regular army gets guns and spare gun crews to keep them going 24/7. Boxer and Bushmaster. While it cant do indirect fire into dead ground the CG is very acccurate and very lethal which I think more than makes up for the reduced number of rounds plts will be able to carry for them. More on this story. Starting Discussions About Defence Issues. This structure was used during Operation Banner in Northern Ireland for many years and proved to be extremely effective. I have proposed just what you suggest in your comment. You say this would “enhance their professionalism”. By specifically including them, you ensure that the total number of dismounts is not diluted. That gives a reduction of 1590 from current strength that could be used for the new bronegruppa. (just to muddy the waters). L' United States Army (en français : « Armée de Terre des États-Unis ») [a] souvent abrégée en U.S. Army est l’armée de terre des États-Unis. Does it belong to WW1 and before ? Their light cavalry troops are even bigger: 50 soldiers in eight LOVs (Pinzgauers). But war is not about comfort, I know. The British Army during the Napoleonic Wars experienced a time of rapid change. Mortar platoons with 8 or 9 x 81 mm tubes has been proven on many occasions to be sufficient. For context I’ve remembered where my TA train of thought originated, it was during the general discussion on strike brigades and a resurgent Russia. This would give the UK forces also more (and smaller and therefore faster, more agile, better deployable etc) units overall and would therefore increase their flexibility enormous. The command structure is hierarchical with divisions and brigades responsible for administering groupings of smaller units. Nominally, an extra GPMG and DMR are proposed, but a light mortar or multi-role 40 mm AGL could be carried instead. Do we have to acknowledge the British Army lacks mass on any scale and that includes the dismounted close combat platoon ? I am also a big advocate of platoons having their own medic and signaller. Anyway, having filled all the racks with ammo for the cannon and chain gun and having packed the rations away, stowed everybody’s gonk bag, admin pouch, daysack and squeezed the six dismounts in, you give them a couple of NLAWs (12kg, 1m long each), an ASM (9kg, 1m long) and hand the 2IC a couple of spare crates of ball and a couple of link, half a dozen extra smoke, boxes of cyalumes, handful of shermulies etc etc and you see that quite quickly it’s become so crowded that six dismounts is the absolute maximum. Anti-tank platoons usually have 6-8 dismounted Javelin ATGM launchers. No one wants a similar video of their cap badge. I know that the manning requirement is already verging on fantasy but maybe pushing it a bit further could give your battalion valuable additional potency? With each Javelin vehicle requiring a driver and commander, t. As noted above, there is no reason why other weapon types and combinations could not also be used. After all, the Army Reserve is not the job which pays the bills. Army Headquarters is located in Andover, Hampshire. I don’t mean to bash your idea but I do think that the current system, despite its flaws, is generally fit for purpose. A corpsis a formation of two or more divisions, potentially fifty thousand personnel or more. fire missions, instead the mortar team is at his immediate disposal. These are: This would increase the overall costs extreme and such an all-mech-inf force with the ability of the mech-inf to also fight as light inf if the need arises would create a high logistical footprint, high equipment costs and much higher training costs etc. 1. This is in the interest of reducing the standing commitment to one Guards battalion instead of two. Regimental pride is at stake. C FT with SC and three riflemen, D FT with 2IC, UGL, SS, LMG (ASM/NLAWs if appropriate). Troops in IFVs will additionally benefit from 40 mm CT40 cannons and 7.62 mm chain guns for support. British Army; Royal Air Force; Military; More on this story. STRUCTURE AND ORGANIZATION. It’s a conundrum for,sure. 6th (United Kingdom) Division prepares and generates the Army’s Information Manoeuvre and Unconventional Warfare forces for both constant competition and warfighting, as well as routinely conducting operations below the threshold of armed conflict in the virtual and physical dimensions. Important Operations of the Indian Defense Forces; Indian Army Rank Structure and Promotions; Indian Army Commands. Gimpy is too big and heavy for a section weapon, it’s hard going over walls/fences/through buildings etc and shouldn’t really be fired from any position but the prone, unlike the lighter and more agile LMG. The Army is controlled from the MoD via the following subsidiary headquarters and a number of smaller headquarters worldwide. Provost Staff I like the idea of having more fire support in Platoon HQ. – Rotate one Guards Bn posted as public duties resident Bn (another 560 troops under current ORBAT or 690 under UKLP’s Universal ORBAT) My preferred direction is to to look at a common organisation for the Armoured and Mechanised infantry, and a different organisation for light infantry including air assault. I understand the need to count drivers and gunners in overall numbers, but in an armoured infantry platoon the actual number you put in the field is 28 because your vehicles might want to go away again, whereas (if I understand you correctly) para’s would land and fight with 36, so platoon combat effectiveness is going to vary by up to 25% by unit. Indeed, I can see Warrior being used for the next ten, fifteen, even twenty years. Do MANPADS have a place in the future infantry battalion? However, guarding Buck House entails huge levels of scrutiny – screw-ups will be recorded and shared online. I submit that it’s the job of the regular army to be equipped to fight small wars, and not to rely on civilians for what might prove an unpopular undertaking. Three platoons of 36 soldiers would need to be supported by a Company HQ comprised of the Company Commander, Company 2IC, CSM, CQMS, two storemen, two clerks, two radio operators, four drivers, and two runners. Maybe Armoured Infantry on Warrior don’t need that due to their cannon, maybe Mech Infantry on a Boxer with 12.7mm HMG or 40mm GMG RWS don’t need these support weapons, but “general purpose Light role” do, even if their MRV-P ends up with a 7.62mm RWS, as these are not Armoured fighting vehicles but battle taxis with an MG for self defence. In armoured or mechanised formations the vehicle crew would be drawn mostly from Fire Support Section. The thing about 36 is that it divides neatly a number of ways 4 x 9, 3 x 12, 3 x 10 + 6, 4 x 8 +4. After World War II, the British Army returned to an eight-man section, and retained the same basic section structure. The other is based on the British garrison in Brunei as part of Britain’s commitment to maintaining a military presence in Asia. If it isn’t possible to reintroduce 51 mm, then a lightweight 60 mm mortar could be an option. I was throwing around the idea of top slicing the TA and just plugging companies into existing battalions with the intention that it would enhance their professionalism and that they could pull through the three regular companies as casualty replacements. Interesting thoughts and ideas covering a few topics. Remember, your recruiter will also be able to answer any questions you may have, and help you understand the paths you could take in the Army. So it is a very flexible number. It’s important that they are volunteers as far as possible. Tank designs are a balance of heavy firepower, strong armour, and good battlefield mobility provided by tracks.They are a mainstay of modern 20th and 21st century ground forces and a key part of combined arms combat. This is vital. Also Read. The social structure of Britain has been highly influenced by the concept of classes. The Squad is the smallest section … 07 – Personnel summary. If push comes to shove, the gunner or commander can do both but it is such a struggle to guide the driver (who has very constricted situational awareness in Warrior), talk on the various nets, look out for anti-armour threats, identify, track and shoot targets and watch out for dismounts and all the other stuff going on from the cramped turret (which was not designed for blokes encumbered by today’s mandated PPE). 3rd (UK) Division will be reorganised to form two Armoured Infantry and two STRIKE brigades, one of each held at high readiness. 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