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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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Labour hits out at army cuts

Labour has accused the coalition of dithering ahead of today's announcement of 4,100 redundancies in the Armed Forces.

We are concerned about the human and military impact of these job losses. Capability is being lost, as are people's livelihoods.

The Government are not reforming but dithering. We have no final decisions on the future of basing or regiments and the continued uncertainty is deeply debilitating.

– Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy

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