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Thousands of soldiers will learn today that they are to be made redundant

Up to 2,900 Army personnel could be made redundant Photo: MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

Thousands of soldiers will learn today that they are to be made redundant as part of the downsizing of the Armed Forces.

Up to 2,900 Army personnel will be told of their fate, as will up to 900 members of the RAF and up to 300 from the Royal Navy in the latest tranche of military job cuts.

  • It will be the second round of redundancies - including a mixture of voluntary and compulsory - resulting from the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.
  • That included reducing the size of the Army by 7,000, the RAF by 5,000 and the Navy by 5,000.
  • The first tranche of redundancies, numbering 2,860, were announced last September.
  • The numbers to be let go tomorrow were announced by the Ministry of Defence in January.

Defence Minister Andrew Robathan said it would be the last major tranche of redundancies for the Navy and the RAF.

He said the MOD would "retain the capabilities that our Armed Forces require in order to meet the challenges of the future".

Labour has accused the coalition of dithering after proposing the cuts

But Labour has accused the Coalition of not explaining how it intends to change regimental structures or how diminished the Armed Forces will meet future demands:

We are concerned about the human and military impact of these job losses. Capability is being lost, as are people's livelihoods.

"The Government are not reforming but dithering. We have no final decisions on the future of basing or regiments and the continued uncertainty is deeply debilitating."

– Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy

Many soldiers like Neil Duffy - who lost his job three years ago - have said they will struggle to find work after leaving the army.

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