NEW figures have revealed that the number of defence personnel in Scotland has hit an historic low of 15,060, down almost 3,000 from when the coalition came to power in May 2010.
The Ministry of Defence quarterly figures came as it published its response to the Defence Select Committee’s report on the impact of Scottish independence in which it is stated that the number of military personnel alone will rise to 12,500 by 2020.
The response also warned that an independent Scotland would not simply be allowed to take Scottish regiments for its own defence force, but would have to start from scratch.
The figures show that there are currently 15,060 MoD personnel based in Scotland, including 11,090 military posts and 3,970 civilians.
SNP defence spokesman Angus Robertson said: “You really could not make it up – on the day the MoD reveals record low numbers of service and civilian personnel in Scotland – ‘Project Fear’ produces a paper to tell the Scots they can’t run their own defence .
“Philip Hammond’s agenda of cuts, cuts and more cuts has now created a situation where Scotland’s defence footprint has shrunk to a new low point.”