31 JANUARY 1903, Page 19

We wish to call our readers' attention to the interesting

series of articles which is appearing in the Times, entitled "The Problems of the Army." These articles include a com- prehensive scheme for Army reorganisation,—a scheme which if adopted would reduce the Regular Army by some eighty thousand men, considerably decrease its cost, and greatly increase the efficiency of the Auxiliary Forces. In respect of the principles on which it is based the Times scheme resembles that which we have placed before our readers. It contem- plates the work of guarding the Empire as the essential duty of the professional Army, while the duty of home defence is entrusted to the civilian soldier. We do not

agree with the Times scheme in all its details, but it is 0

clearly the outcome of much careful thought, and deserves the serious consideration of all who are anxious to see our military system improved.