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5,300 soldiers to be made redundant from the Army

Soldiers serving in Afghanistan this year face losing their jobs in a further round of redundancies planned for 2014. Photo: Reuters

Up to 5,300 soldiers are to be made redundant from the Army in the summer as part of the latest round of cuts to the armed forces, the Government announced.

Redundancy notices will be issued on June 18. Any personnel preparing for, serving on, or recovering from operations on that date will not lose their jobs unless they have applied for redundancy.

The Ministry of Defence said a further tranche of job losses among Royal Navy and RAF medical and dental personnel, as well as additional Army redundancies, is also "likely".

The redundancies form part of the cuts announced in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, which will see the regular Army reduced to 82,000 by 2020.

ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies reports: