5,300 Army jobs to be cut

The Ministry of Defence has announced 5,300 Army redundancies in the latest in a series of planned cuts. Those serving, about to be deployed or just returning from Afghanistan will be exempt from the latest cuts.

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Major finds positives in armed forces job cuts

A leading general believes cuts to the defence budget may have helped the Army design "a better, adaptable force structure".

Major General James Everard, assistant chief of the general staff, told BBC Radio 4's World At One: "I look at the Army force structure and I think that, perhaps if we hadn't been pushed, we wouldn't have got to where we have got to, and I am very happy with where we are."

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Factfile: MoD job cuts

The latest wave of Army job cuts are part of the terms of the Government's 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review:

  • Cuts aim to plug £38 billion hole in the defence budget
  • The Army will be reduced from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2020
  • The Navy and the Air Force will each have their personnel cut by 5,000 by 2015
  • Up to 5,300 jobs will go in the third round of redundancies
  • 2,860 service personnel were made redundant in first tranche; 3,760 lost jobs in second tranche in June
  • MoD says more than 90 percent can expect to find full-time work within six months via its resettlement programme
  • Government has said reservist numbers will double to 30,000 by 2018

Defence Secretary: Army downsizing 'unavoidable'

The Army is actively managing recruitment to reach the target numbers, but unfortunately redundancies are unavoidable due to the size of the defence deficit that this Government inherited and the consequent scale of downsizing required in the Army.

We will have smaller Armed Forces but they will in future be properly equipped and well funded, unlike before. These redundancies will not affect current operations in Afghanistan, where our Armed Forces continue to fight so bravely on this country’s behalf.”

– Philip Hammond

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