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The major changes
The defence secretary has announced sweeping changes to the structure of the British Army.

The 40 infantry battalions are to be reduced to 36, with a planned reduction in personnel from 103,500 to 102,000 by 2008.

The table below features some of the main changes.

Note: Year of formation refers to current regimental battalions.

Main regimental changes
Regiment Formed HQ Fate
1st Bn Royal Scots
King's Own Scottish Borderers' regimental badge
1633 Edinburgh Merged with King's Own Scottish Borderers as part of single super-regiment
1st Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers
Royal Scots regimental badge
1689 Berwick-upon-Tweed Merged with Royal Scots as part of single super-regiment
1st Bn Royal Highland Fusiliers
Royal Highland Fusiliers' regimental badge
1959 Glasgow Merging into Scottish super-regiment
1st Bn Black Watch
Black Watch regimental badge
1739 Perth Merging into Scottish super-regiment
1st Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders' regimental badge
1881 Stirling Merging into Scottish super-regiment
1st Bn Highlanders
Highlanders' regimental badge
1994 Inverness Merging into Scottish super-regiment
1st Bn King's Own Royal Border
King's Own Royal Border regimental badge
1959 Carlisle Merged with Queen's Lancashire and King's Regiments
1st Bn Queen's Lancashire
Queen's Lancashire Regiment badge
1970 Preston Merged with King's Own Royal Border and King's Regiments
1st Bn King's Regiment
King's Regiment badge
1685 Liverpool Merged with King's Own Royal Border and Queen's Lancashire Regiments
1st Bn Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire
1958 York Merged with Green Howards and Duke of Wellington's Regiment
1st Bn Green Howards
Green Howards' regimental badge
1688 Richmond (North Yorks) Merged with Prince of Wales's Own Yorkshire and Duke of Wellington's Regiments
1st Bn Duke of Wellington's Regiment
1881 Halifax Merged with Prince of Wales's Own Yorkshire and Green Howards
1st Bn Devonshire and Dorset
Devonshire and Dorset regimental badge
1958 Exeter Merged with Royal Gloucs, Berks and Wilts and switching to Light Infantry
1st Bn Royal Gloucs, Berks and Wilts
Royal Gloucs, Berks and Wilts regimental badge
1994 Gloucester Glosters merged with Devonshire and Dorset and remainder moving to Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
Source: The Army




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