Commander-in-Chief, Land Forces

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Commander-in-Chief, Land Forces (CINCLAND), was a senior officer in the British Army. CINCLAND commanded HQ Land Forces, an administrative apparatus that had responsibility for all of the army's fighting units in the United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland), Germany and Brunei, together with training garrisons in Nepal, Belize, Canada and Kenya. CINCLAND was also the Standing Joint Commander (UK) (SJC (UK)), with responsibility for the provision of Military Aid to the Civil Power within the United Kingdom. The position had existed since 1968, when it was known as General Officer Commanding Army Strategic Command. In 1972 it became Commander-in-Chief United Kingdom Land Forces (CINCUKLF). As from 1 April 2008, HQ Land Command was renamed HQ Land Forces (HQLF). Therefore, the Commander-in-Chief became Commander-in-Chief of HQ Land Forces.[1]

CINCLAND headed the Commanders-in-Chief Committee, a body established for contingency planning purposes.[2]

The post changed to a three-star position, Commander Land Forces, after 1 November 2011 following a major army command reorganisation.[3] In November 2015, the post of Commander Land Forces was redesignated as Commander Field Army.[4]

Post holdersEdit

Holders of the post have been:[5]

Commander-in-Chief Land Forces
Image Rank Name Term began Term ended
  General Sir David Richards February 2008 July 2009
  General Sir Peter Wall July 2009 July 2010
  General Sir Nick Parker July 2010 November 2011
Commander Land Forces
  General Sir Nick Parker November 2011 December 2012
  Lieutenant General Adrian Bradshaw[6] January 2013 November 2013
  Lieutenant-General Nick Carter November 2013 September 2014
  Lieutenant-General James Everard September 2014 November 2015

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ HQ Land Forces on the move Archived 7 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine Drumbeat, June 2008
  2. ^ "Select Committee on Defence, March 2002". Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2008.
  3. ^ Army Command reorganization Archived 2011-11-12 at the Wayback Machine Defence Marketing Intelligence, 10 November 2011
  4. ^ "Freedom of Information: CFA Restructure" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 9 December 2021.
  5. ^ Army Commands Archived July 5, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Defence Viewpoints, Up and Out: Promotions, leavers, new jobs May 2012