Thousands of soldiers made redundant

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More than 700 British soldiers were sacked yesterday as part of the latest round of sweeping defence cuts which saw 4,500 redundancy notices delivered by Army chiefs.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said a total of 4,480 Army personnel have been made redundant in the latest tranche of job losses as the Government pushes ahead with plans to reduce the number of regulars by a fifth, to 82,000, before the end of the decade.

The Government said 84 per cent of those losing their jobs yesterday had applied for redundancy, and insisted operational capability would not be affected.