Brits to axe 11,000 armed forces
BRITAIN says it will axe about 11,000 armed forces jobs as part of defence cuts brought in to help reduce the country’s record budget deficit.
The announcement on Tuesday added detail to the broad figures outlined by finance minister George Osborne in last October’s spending review. The size of Britain’s armed forces will be reduced by 17,000 personnel by 2015.
‘‘ There will be scope for individuals to volunteer to be considered for redundancy and where possible we will meet our manpower target through volunteers,’’ Defence Secretary Liam Fox said.
‘‘ But some difficult choices are sadly inevitable.’’
The cuts are likely to affect frontline troops in Afghanistan.
Ministers informed the army that no troops who were serving in Afghanistan when the redundancies began in September would be sacked.
However, that means that almost all personnel now in the war-torn country are eligible for redundancy as they are due home before the September cut-off.