Thousands of soldiers face axe

Thousands of soldiers are finding out if they are to be made redundant as part of the downsizing of the Armed Forces. Up to 2,900 Army personnel are being told of their fate, as are up to 900 members of the RAF and up to 300 from the Royal Navy.

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'72% of redundancies in Armed Forces were voluntary'

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has said that 72% of the redundancies announced today were voluntary. The proportion of voluntary redundancies was roughly the same across the Army, Navy and RAF.

The MOD has said this is a higher proportion than in the last round of redundancies, when only 62% were voluntary.

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