Army top brass must be cut in favour of junior ranks, says Labour

Labour backs moves to axe top brass in sweeping reform of the Army's senior ranks.

Reacting to the reports of deep cuts to the number of senior officers, Labour’s shadow defence secretary Vernon Coaker said on Saturday: “We support measures to improve the fighting effectiveness of UK armed forces, and that place the services on a more sustainable footing.

“Labour has long called on ministers to challenge the top-heavy imbalance in the armed forces, but, under this Government, the lower ranks have shrunk at an even faster rate than senior ranks. The next Labour government’s strategic defence and security review will include a root and branch assessment of senior officer rank numbers that challenges this imbalance.”

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