Thousands of army jobs axed

4,480 Army personnel are to be handed redundancy notices in the third round of Army job cuts, as the Government tries to reduce the number of regular soldiers to 82,000 by 2018.

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Full Report: Thousands of Army jobs axed

It has been another tough day for our armed forces as nearly 4500 redundancy notices were handed out in the latest round of government cuts.

It is the third wave of redundancies under plans to cut the regular Army's strength by 20 percent and double the number of reservists by 2018.

The Government says the job losses are unavoidable owing to the size of the defence debt it inherited.

You can watch the full report from Claire Montgomery below.


"We feel we have been harshly treated"

A former North Yorkshire Army major says he has been harshly treated by the government over Forces job cuts.

4,480 Army personnel are affected by the third round of redundancies announced today.

Chris Braithwaite, who served at Catterick Garrison, was made redundant in the second wave of cuts.

He says he has lost out on £200,000 because he was forced to leave just months before he completed 16 years' service.

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Army Chief: 'We owe sincere gratitude to those leaving'

General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff, said the Army owed "sincere gratitude" to those who have been made redundant today.

This redundancy scheme is a difficult but essential step towards our A2020 structure.

We owe our sincere gratitude to those leaving the Army for their service over such a demanding period of operations.

We will support them and their families as best we can on their path to civilian life.

Meanwhile we continue to need plenty of young and talented recruits to ensure the Army is fit to meet the challenges of the future.

– Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Peter Wall
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Hammond: Army cuts regrettable but unavoidable

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: “Today we have announced the third tranche of redundancies as we restructure the British Army to the size and configuration set out under the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

"It is with great regret that we have had to make redundancies to deliver the reduction in the size of the Armed Forces, but unfortunately they were unavoidable due to the size of the defence deficit that this Government inherited.

“Although smaller, our Armed Forces will be more flexible and agile to reflect the challenges of the future with the protection and equipment they need.

"They will continue to be the bedrock of our society and provide extremely rewarding and exciting careers for future recruits.”


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Government accused of 'flawed plan' for British Army

The Government has a flawed plan for reforming the British Army. There is a huge effort going into sacking soldiers but nowhere near as much is being done to plug the gap by recruiting new reservists.

These redundancies represent not just broken promises but a failing strategy, and the level of voluntary applicants will be a signal of morale.

– Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy
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MoD: 'Tough decisions needed to be made'

Tough decisions needed to be made to address the multibillion-pound deficit and bring the defence budget back into balance.

This unfortunately included making some redundancies across the armed forces. However we can be clear that these reductions will not affect our operational capability.

The end of combat operations in Afghanistan and the restructuring of our armed forces means they will be more reflective of the complex global situation and more adaptable to future challenges and threats.

– Ministry of Defence spokeswoman
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