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Soldiers Wait to Hear on Army Job Losses

Post  Panda on Tue 18 Jun - 8:25

Soldiers Wait To Hear On Army Job Losses

Up to 5,300 Army staff will be axed as the Government seeks to bring the defence budget back in balance.

8:03am UK, Tuesday 18 June 2013

More than 5,000 Army personnel may be made redundant

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A fresh tranche of up to 5,300 Army personnel are to be handed redundancy notices as the Government tries to reduce the number of regulars to 82,000 by 2018.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the move was necessary to help balance the books, but insisted operational capability would not be affected.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed there will be no further reductions in manpower in the next round of spending cuts.
But shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy said the redundancy notices being issued today "represent not just broken promises but a failing strategy" to reform the Army.
The MoD said it had attempted to maximise the number of voluntary redundancies.

A spokeswoman said: "Tough decisions needed to be made to address the multibillion-pound deficit and bring the defence budget back into balance.
"This unfortunately included making some redundancies across the armed forces. However we can be clear that these reductions will not affect our operational capability.
"The end of combat operations in Afghanistan and the restructuring of our armed forces means they will be more reflective of the complex global situation and more adaptable to future challenges and threats."
But Mr Murphy said: "The Government has a flawed plan for reforming the British Army. There is a huge effort going into sacking soldiers, but nowhere near as much is being done to plug the gap by recruiting new reservists.
"These redundancies represent not just broken promises but a failing strategy, and the level of voluntary applicants will be a signal of morale."
:: Britain's Last War? The Jeff Randall documentary on the impact of Army spending cuts is on Sky News, Tuesday at 7.30pm.

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  • This is quite disgraceful. Our soldiers go to foreign Countries , die or are maimed , yet they are now being made redundant, losing not just their jobs but their homes.

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