The final units currently based around Paderborn and Sennelager in Germany, will return to their new home on Salisbury Plain in the final phase of the Army Basing Programme.
Under the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the British Army in Germany had reduced by half by 2015 and permanent deployment will end by 2019, although some training will still be undertaken with regards to NATO capability.
The timing has been confirmed ahead of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review to provide certainty to Army and civilian personnel, and their families, allowing them to plan for the future.
Major General Alastair Dickinson CBE, Director of Army Basing and Infrastructure said:
“By confirming the timetable to bring the final units back from Germany to their new home on Salisbury Plain in 2019, we are providing our Service personnel and their families with greater certainty to allow them to plan for their futures. It also allows us to finalise our plans with Wiltshire Council and industry partners who will deliver the supporting infrastructure in the UK.
In Germany we will continue to deliver the high quality of services and facilities that our personnel and their families need so they are well supported until they move.
This is a significant milestone in delivering the Army’s structure as set out in the last SDSR.”
Six regional hubs in England will host 39,000 troops and their families by 2020, as part of a wider defence shake-up, with a further 4,000 in Edinburgh and Leuchars. Former defence secretary Philip Hammond described it as the “end of an era”.
It was also revealed from figures released by the MoD that Scotland accounts for 21% of the British Army’s manpower.