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Over 1,600 military help with flood relief effort

Over 1,600 servicemen and women have helped with the flood relief effort today across the UK, the Ministry of Defence said.

Members of the Army help residents with sandbags in Egham, Surrey. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

A statement said: "Today, military personnel continued to provide flood relief in affected parts of the UK.

"More than 1,600 servicemen and women have been committed to tasks including assisting residents, as well as filling and distributing sandbags in six different locations in the Thames Valley."

The statement added that 100 personnel carried out sandbagging and humanitarian duties in Wraysbury, 100 Royal Marines assisting people in The Somerset Levels and more than 2,000 staff on "high readiness ready to respond to short notice requests."

Read: A look at floods that battered Britain through the years

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MoD facing legal action over alleged bullying

An ex-private says he attempted suicide several times after his complains about being bullied were ignored by the army.

Joseph McCabe is taking civil legal action against the Ministry of Defence for its alleged failure to act, the BBC reported, as well as appealing against a decision to deny him financial compensation. He said:

I'm still having nightmares, I'm still having flashbacks. If I could I would lock myself up in a box and just hide away. But if I do that it's like I'm letting those people in the Army win so I have forced myself to take up a new career, to rebuild my life.

He said that he received death threats and was stabbed in the leg at the height of constant abuse centred on his stutter but that officers laughed off the threats and no-one was punished. The Ministry of Defence responded:

Whilst we can't comment on individual cases, we can be clear that the armed forces have a zero-tolerance policy towards all forms of bullying, discrimination and abuse.

All allegations will be fully investigated either by the civil or the military police and appropriate action will be taken.

1,500 military jobs to be axed

More than 1,500 military personnel will lose their jobs in the final round of armed forces redundancies, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed.

Redundancies will include up to 1,425 members of the Army, up to 70 medical and dental officers from the RAF and up to 10 from the Royal Navy, Hammond told MPs in a Commons statement.

The fourth tranche of redundancies is part of an armed forces re-structuring programme which will see the regular Army cut from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2020, while the newly-renamed Army Reserve - formerly the Territorial Army - is being expanded from 19,000 to 30,000.

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Prince Harry to organise Army ceremonial spectacles

Prince Harry, who has twice been deployed to Afghanistan, is to become a Staff Officer at HQ London District, which organises ceremonial spectacles like Trooping the Colour and state visits.

Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, does a pre-flight check of his Apache Helicopter at Camp Bastion. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Earlier it was announced the Prince has completed his attachment with the Army Air Corps flying Apache helicopters.

He will begin his job in the next few weeks and there is speculation his new role based in Horse Guards in central London will allow him to get in involved with the Warrior Games.

Harry flew to America last year to support competitors taking part in the Games, a paralympic style event for injured servicemen and women, and he hopes to help bring the event to the UK.

Lieutenant Colonel Tom de la Rue, who commanded Harry in the Army Air Corps, said: "Captain Wales has reached the pinnacle of flying excellence as an Apache pilot, particularly in Afghanistan and, in the process, has proved to be a real inspiration to the many Army Air Corps officers and soldiers."

Army redundancies despite new recruitment campaign

The Government is to have another round of Army redundancies as it continues to reduce the organisation's size, it emerged today.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond confirmed there are more cuts on the way though numbers involved are unclear.

Army cuts jobs but wants recruits. Credit: PA

The Sunday Telegraph said it had been told that the Army would cut around 3,000 jobs this year, but a Government source said the figure under discussion was lower.

The newspaper said the latest losses are planned as the final wave of job cuts that will see the Army lose the 20,000 posts by 2020. Thousands of jobs have already gone in the past three years.

Read: New Army recruitment campaign launched

Veterans 'owed a huge debt' for contribution in society

Veterans have made a unique contribution to our society, the MP for Penrith and the Border has said, as the government plans to review how to support offenders who had served in the Armed Forces.

Tory MP Rory Stewart, who served in the armed forces and also worked as a local official in Iraq, said:

[We] owe [veterans] a huge debt. Their needs are specific, and it is an honour to have the opportunity to support veterans in this way.

I am very much looking forward to working with veterans organisations, the armed forces and the Ministry of Justice to make sure we have the best programme for veterans in the world.

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