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5,300 Army jobs to be cut

The Ministry of Defence has announced 5,300 Army redundancies in the latest in a series of planned cuts. Those serving, about to be deployed or just returning from Afghanistan will be exempt from the latest cuts.

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Factfile: MoD job cuts

The latest wave of Army job cuts are part of the terms of the Government's 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review:

  • Cuts aim to plug £38 billion hole in the defence budget
  • The Army will be reduced from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2020
  • The Navy and the Air Force will each have their personnel cut by 5,000 by 2015
  • Up to 5,300 jobs will go in the third round of redundancies
  • 2,860 service personnel were made redundant in first tranche; 3,760 lost jobs in second tranche in June
  • MoD says more than 90 percent can expect to find full-time work within six months via its resettlement programme
  • Government has said reservist numbers will double to 30,000 by 2018

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