Major finds positives in armed forces job cuts

A leading general believes cuts to the defence budget may have helped the Army design "a better, adaptable force structure".

Major General James Everard, assistant chief of the general staff, told BBC Radio 4's World At One: "I look at the Army force structure and I think that, perhaps if we hadn't been pushed, we wouldn't have got to where we have got to, and I am very happy with where we are."

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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.