posted on Sep, 26 2006 @ 09:31 AM
From the article:
In the past year the TA lost 5,000 personnel, leaving 32,000 members. In 1985 it had a strength of 81,000.
So I make that a loss of 49,000 soldiers since 1985.
The loss since 2003 is "almost 16,000" - who quit.
The Territorial Army has suffered a drastic loss of experienced personnel with almost 16,000 troops quitting since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a
Freedom of Information request has revealed. ...The reserve army, which has been widely used to support under-manned regular units in Iraq, the
Balkans and Afghanistan, is now 7,000 below full strength.
...There are fears that the situation could become more serious as there are not enough experienced soldiers to train new recruits. The Army has come
to rely heavily on the TA. More than 13,000 reservists have served in the Middle East and many have resigned on completing six-month operational
The figures obtained by the Scottish National Party show that between October 2003 and last October the TA lost 15,670 soldiers who have been replaced
by 13,570 new recruits - a shortfall of 2,100. ...While the TA generally has a high turnover, there is a feeling that Iraq and other dangerous
operations have played a part in making soldiers decide to quit.
The losses are due to quitting, not desertion according to the article - BUT - the figures still tell a tale.
Obviously, the boys really did 'run away' - they just used legal means.