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VIDEO: Region's soldiers told of job cuts

Thousands of soldiers have been finding out today whether they have lost their jobs in the latest round of Army redundancies. Nationally nearly 5,000 have been handed their redundancy notices.

Today's losses are the third instalment of job cuts arising from the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review. They have special significance here in the South especially at large garrison towns such as Aldershot and Tidworth. Penny Silvester reports on Salisbury Plain.


Army redundancies 'unavoidable'

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."

– Philip Hammond, Defence Secretary

Army job cuts announced

Thousands of soldiers will learn today 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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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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