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Campaign against Royal Welsh battalions merger

A group of Welsh veterans says they intend to challenge the decision to merge Second Battalion the Royal Welsh with the 1st Battalion.

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Carwyn Jones: Cuts are 'hugely disappointing news'

First Minister Carwyn Jones says that today's decision by the UK Government to withdraw the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh is hugely disappointing news for the soldiers involved.

He said the Royal Welsh had already been through a major amalgamation in 2006 and that he could only imagine the impact that this latest blow will have on the morale of the whole regiment which has always been a source of pride to us citizens of Wales.

Today's decision by the UK Government means the members of the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh now face the prospect of losing their jobs.

The loss of the Battalion will be a severe blow to serving soldiers and veterans of this regiment, and also to the families of those that have given their lives for our country.

I call on the MOD to make sure it does all it can to help those personal who will be affected by this decision, by either transferring to other units or helping them prepare for civilian life.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister

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