UK MoD announces last set of armed forces redundancies
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has set out the size and scope of the fourth and final set of armed forces redundancies, moving a step closer towards restructuring the military.
A part of the armed forces redundancy programme announced in the strategic defence and security review (SDSR) in October 2010, the final tranche puts an end to the uncertainty the UK military personnel have faced over the past few years.
The latest set of redundancies consist of up to 1,505 personnel, including a maximum of 1,425 soldiers, ten medical officers from the Royal Navy, as well as 70 medical personnel from the Royal Air Force (RAF).
UK defence secretary Philip Hammond said the last tranche of the armed forces redundancy programme will draw a line under the uncertainty of the last four years, bringing a renewed sense of security about the future to military personnel.
''Everyone selected for redundancy will get all the support they need to make a smooth transition to civilian life, including a new option to apply for a loan in advance of their redundancy packages, giving everyone a greater opportunity to buy their own home at a time that suits them,'' Hammond said.
''Our armed forces in the future will be properly equipped, sustainable and better placed to meet the challenges of the future.''
UK chief of staff, Sir Peter Wall, said the final redundancies are essential in order to deliver the army's new structure.
''Our priority will be to look after those leaving the army and to support their transition,'' Wall said.
The MoD has already ensured a robust resettlement process and a tax-free payment for all personnel selected for redundancy.
The regular UK Army is scheduled to shrink from its existing size of 102,000 to 82,000 by the end of 2020.
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