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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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Question mark hangs over future Army redundancies

Today's round of redundancies will be the last "significant reduction" for the RAF, Navy and Marines, however further cuts are still possible in the Army. The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

We still have someway to go to bring the size of the Army down to 82,000 and decisions on what isnecessary to achieve this are yet to be taken, but we won’t compromise themission in Afghanistan.

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