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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Jobless soldiers thanked for service

The Chief of Defence Staff General Sir David Richards has thanked all of those who are losing their jobs in the Armed Forces. A statement said:

I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere thanks to those who will be leaving the Services for their contribution to our Armed Forces and to the nation’s security. Some of you may see redundancy as an opportunity. Others will see it as a significant challenge. Your chain of command will support you during the redundancy process, and I would encourage you to make full use of the comprehensive resettlement package as you make the transition to civilian life.

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