Military Cuts

Green Howards on patrol in Afghanistan
Green Howards on patrol in Afghanistan Credit: ITV News

A dark cloud hangs over the region today with the news that more than a thousand armed service personnel are facing compulsory redundancy.

The Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond confirmed today that the bulk of the cuts will come from the Army. Overall the Ministry of Defence plans to shed 3,800 posts

A spokesman for MoD said there was "still some way to go" to bring the size of the Army down to 82,000 and confirmed that decisions on how to achieve those cuts "are yet to be taken."

Catterick Garrison
Catterick Garrison Credit: Ministry of Defence

Details of exactly what regiments will be affected have still not been released. But the North East and North Yorkshire are traditionally areas where the Army recruits heavily. Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire meanwhile is the largest British army base in the World.

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Thousands of jobs to go in Armed forces

The MoD has confirmed that 1,000 armed service personnell will face compulsory redundancy as part of efforts to control defence spending.