Army redundancies: Soldiers told of fate

The government had planned to cut the number of regular soldiers from 102,000 to 82,000. Only for the latest job cut almost 4,500 Army personnel found out they were unnecessary.

According to ministers Army needed to be more flexible so these cuts were compulsory.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced that about 84% of these 4,480 Army personnel were volunteers for the redundancy.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

“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.”

However, Jim Murphy the shadow defence secretary said these cuts were nothing else but a failing strategy.

By 2017 the number of regular soldiers need to reach 82,000 and those of reservists has to increase from15,000 in 2010, to 30,000 in 2018.

In the words of the BBC defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt the government had to make these redundancies because of the announced in 2010 cut in the budget of the MoD.

She added this was an unsettling process not only for the soldiers but also for their families.

The day of the redundancies was a difficult one for all those who were told they would not be part of the Army any more. These people had to be given some time in order to find a place for living and a job.

What was announced was that despite these redundancies the Army had to sign employment contracts with 10,000 new soldiers and officers this year, as well as 6,000 reservists.

The total number of recruited operational staff between October 2010 and February 2013 for the Army, navy and air force together is more than 35,000.

The Army’s Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Peter Wall, said:

“By doing things differently and by making sure that we focus our military manpower on the jobs that absolutely have to be done by people in uniform, we shall be able to sustain a brigade in the field on an enduring basis, and put a division into the field when we need to. We’ll still be able to deal with the challenges of the future.”

Prime Minister David Cameron, also stated that British army was a strong one and the country had to be proud of it.

 

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