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Defence Minister says the Army will continue to offer wide range of jobs after mergers

Silent protests against plans to merge to army regiments will be held in Leicester today.

The 9th/12th Royal Lancers could join the Queens Royal Lancers under Government proposals to lose 17 units - including third battalion the Mercian Regiment - by 2020.

Defence Minister Nick Harvey MP said the Army will continue to have "demanding and stretching careers for decades to come."