I would assume that the army is intending to raise another infantry battalion, they have always been keen on having three regular force infantry battalions as it enables them to rotate each battalion through training on an annual basis having one ready for any deployment, one in training and one in rest. The additional numbers would I assume make up the support units required for this. With regard to armour I guess we would follow Australia in its commitment to replace their LAVs with the new German Boxer APC.
It'll be interesting to see how this increase in manning is going to be distrubuted. Given that the NZ interpretation of a battalion is somewhere in the vicinty of 500 people does this mean we are getting an extra RF battalion or 2? Given that we only have 2 RF battalions at present this would be a significant increase. Or are other arms going to see a significant uplift in personnel?