Army job cuts

Almost 4,500 soldiers have today given their marching orders by the government in the latest round of redundancies to hit the British Army. It's not clear exactly how many job losses there'll be on the many military bases in the West Country.

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Army Chief: 'We owe sincere gratitude to those leaving'

General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff, said the Army owed "sincere gratitude" to those who have been made redundant today.

This redundancy scheme is a difficult but essential step towards our A2020 structure.

We owe our sincere gratitude to those leaving the Army for their service over such a demanding period of operations.

We will support them and their families as best we can on their path to civilian life.

Meanwhile we continue to need plenty of young and talented recruits to ensure the Army is fit to meet the challenges of the future.

– Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Peter Wall

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Hammond: Army cuts regrettable but unavoidable

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: “Today we have announced the third tranche of redundancies as we restructure the British Army to the size and configuration set out under the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

"It is with great regret that we have had to make redundancies to deliver the reduction in the size of the Armed Forces, but unfortunately they were unavoidable due to the size of the defence deficit that this Government inherited.

“Although smaller, our Armed Forces will be more flexible and agile to reflect the challenges of the future with the protection and equipment they need.

"They will continue to be the bedrock of our society and provide extremely rewarding and exciting careers for future recruits.”

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Former Army major: I feel betrayed by the government

A former Army major told ITV News he feels "betrayed" by the government over the Forces job cuts.

Chris Braithwaite, who left during round two of the Ministry of Defence's four stage cut system, was part of the 28 per cent of officers who were made compulsorily redundant.

After 16 years of service, personnel are entitled to a full military pension.

Mr Braithwaite received a lump sum of £122,000, instead of £344,000 because he was just 87 days short of his 16th year.

It was announced today that 4,480 Army personnel were to be handed redundancy notices in the third round of job cuts.

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Government accused of 'flawed plan' for British Army

The Government has a flawed plan for reforming the British Army. There is a huge effort going into sacking soldiers but nowhere near as much is being done to plug the gap by recruiting new reservists.

These redundancies represent not just broken promises but a failing strategy, and the level of voluntary applicants will be a signal of morale.

– Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy
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MoD: 'Tough decisions needed to be made'

Tough decisions needed to be made to address the multibillion-pound deficit and bring the defence budget back into balance.

This unfortunately included making some redundancies across the armed forces. However we can be clear that these reductions will not affect our operational capability.

The end of combat operations in Afghanistan and the restructuring of our armed forces means they will be more reflective of the complex global situation and more adaptable to future challenges and threats.

– Ministry of Defence spokeswoman
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Thousands of soldiers to be handed redundancy notices

A fresh tranche of up to 5,300 Army personnel are to be handed redundancy notices. Credit: PA Wire

Thousands of soldiers are due to learn whether they have lost their jobs in the latest round of Army redundancies.

A fresh tranche of up to 5,300 Army personnel are to be handed redundancy notices as the Government tries to reduce the number of regulars to 82,000 by 2018.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the move was necessary to help balance the books but insisted operational capability would not be affected.

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