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Thousands of soldiers face axe

Thousands of soldiers are finding out if they are to be made redundant as part of the downsizing of the Armed Forces. Up to 2,900 Army personnel are being told of their fate, as are up to 900 members of the RAF and up to 300 from the Royal Navy.

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Army bears brunt of job losses

The Army has lost 2,900 soldiers as a result of today's round of redundancies. This was the maximum number expected after the redundancies were first announced in January.

170 jobs will be stripped from the Navy, which is less than the maximum figure of 300. The RAF has lost 730 jobs, also below the maximum figure of 900.

Overall, 3,800 redundancies were announced out of a possible 4,100.

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