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Mr Hoon denied reports that a White Paper next month will propose scrapping up to 10 regiments, making more than 9,000 soldiers redundant.
Mr Hoon said modern warfare Modern warfare involves the widespread use of highly advanced technology. As a term, it is normally taken as referring to conflicts involving one or more first world powers, within the modern electronic era. is increasingly reliant on high-tech weapons and sophisticated intelligence gathering rather than tanks and soldiers with bayonets.
But he added he was not in the business of scrapping old regiments and wanted the size of Britain's Army in five years time to be about 103,000, the same as it is today.
Speculation that regiments such as The Royal Scots The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment), once known as the Royal Regiment of Foot, was the oldest, and therefore most senior, infantry regiment of the line in the British Army, having been raised in 1633 during the reign of Charles I of Scotland. , the Black Watch, the King's Own Scottish Borderers and the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire would be wound up was fuelled by a speech by Mr Hoon. He said military success is no longer so dependent on troop numbers and technology is now the key.
The KOSBs are the local Infantry Regiment for the Borders.
The Regiment, which has its HQ in Berwick, was created in 1689.