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Subject: The future organisation of the Danish Forces
Thomas3    12/21/2005 10:06:30 PM
TAC has kindly provided us with a breakdown of the future force organised as brigades. Personally I consider it just as important to look at the training and unitforming structure, that is how are the regiments planned to be organised: Are they planning INF, Cav and arty regiments, that are supposed to train for motorised, mechanised and armoured forces in each regiment. Or are they making motorised, mechanised and armoured regiments that train their own artillery, infantry and cavalry. Or are they using the big model with light infantry regiments, medium infantry, heavy infantry and so on? The operational formations are of limited interest (as long as you can build the formations the future situation requires) in a 10 year perspective. Other nations have neglected their regimental structure as the enemy under the cold war was well known, but we have with (for once) commendable conservatism maintained the regimental structure. The regimental commander has during the cold war a side assignment in the territorial defence (commader of a regions forces). With a view to the reform of the regional structure in Denmark, where counties have merged, the interesting part is that this reform more or less started with the military and has spilled over in the non-military establishment, so the political structure seems to be in harmony with the military, now we only need the police to get into shape.
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Thomas3    RE:The future organisation of the Danish Forces   1/1/2006 3:48:32 PM
What no interest????
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TheArmchairCmd    RE:The future organisation of the Danish Forces   1/3/2006 11:46:23 AM
What no interest???? I think you'll have to be more precise, as I am not sure I understand the question. I'm possibly also out of my depth. Btw, I forgot the Combat Engineers Reg in my breakdown. :)
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Thomas3    RE:The future organisation of the Danish Forces   1/3/2006 3:40:14 PM
Let me be more specific: Are they planning to train (for instance) light, medium and heavy infantry in the same regiment or are they using the combined arms concept of training cavalry, artillery and infantry in the same regiment and distinguish between light, heavy and medium regiments? USA has chosen the combined arms approach, partly because the difference between heavy and light is blurred (they used the Abrams as a medium tank in Iraq f.i.) Partly because their light forces are airborne to a large extend. Finally the regimental identity isn't that preseved in the US, whereas in Denmark the regiments have been kept as a training and forming unit. PS. Denmark has been most successfull in weird regiments and other units (minelaying f.i.)
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