Commander Field Army

Commander Field Army (CFA) is a senior British Army officer who has responsibility for generating and preparing forces for current and contingency operations. He reports to the Chief of the General Staff who has overall executive responsibility for the British Army.

From 1 April 1995 to 1 April 2008, the last of the British Army's field force commands was Land Command. From 1 April 2008, HQ Land Command, with elements of HQ Adjutant-General, became HQ Land Forces. From 1 November 2011, HQ Land Forces was subsumed within the new Army Headquarters; at the same time the Commander-in-Chief, Land Forces was integrated into the new Army Headquarters command structure as Commander Land Forces.

On 23 November 2015, it was announced that the post of Commander Land Forces would be renamed as Commander Field Army (CFA) as part of the Army Command Review. CFA has a major-general as Chief of Staff, and four brigadiers working under him: Assistant Chief of Staff Commitments, Assistant Chief of Staff Support, Assistant Chief of Staff Warfare and Assistant Chief of Staff Training.[1]

As of 23 September 2020, the commanders listed below as well as Deputy Commander Field Army, Chief of Staff, Field Army and Director Land Warfare Centre fall under the command of CFA.[2]

On 1 April 2008, HQ Land Command amalgamated with HQ Adjutant General under 'Project Hyperion' and became HQ Land Forces.[3] It moved from Erskine Barracks to the former RAF Andover site now known as Marlborough Lines on 23 June 2010.[4]

Headquarters Northern Ireland was reduced in status to 38th (Irish) Brigade on 1 January 2009.

Commander-in-Chief Land Forces (CINCLAND) also became the Standing Joint Commander (UK) (SJC (UK)), responsible for overall command to Ministry of Defence contributions to national crisis response activities within the United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland).[5]

Under another reorganisation effective from 1 November 2011 the Chief of the General Staff took direct command of the Army through a new structure, based at Andover, known as "Army Headquarters".[6][7][8] Within this new organisation, the rank of Commander, Land Forces was shifted to that of a three-star instead of the former four-star rank.[9] The post of Commander-in-Chief, Land Forces ceased to exist.[7]

Following the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2010, the government announced significant changes to the structure of the formations under Land Forces that would be implemented from 2010 - 2020:[10]

When Personnel Support Command was established in 2015, it was decided that the role of SJC(UK) Commander was to transfer to Commander PSC in Aldershot. In due course PSC became Home Command.

On 23 November 2015, it was announced that the post of Commander Land Forces would be renamed as Commander Field Army as part of the Army Command Review.[11] CFA will have four brigadiers under their command, namely: Assistant Chief of Staff Commitments, Assistant Chief of Staff Support, Assistant Chief of Staff Warfare and Assistant Chief of Staff Training.[12]

Land Operations Command was established on 2 September 2019 as a staff branch within Headquarters Field Army in Andover. Through it, Commander Field Army conducts the planning, generation and operational control of all Field Army deployments.[13]