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Axe to fall on UK troop numbers

The UK Defence Secretary has indicated that the number of serving soldiers and officers in the British Army will be reduced as part of the swathe of spending cuts to be made in light of the ongoing Strategic Defence Review (SDR).

Aside to vehicle and equipment cutbacks, Dr. Liam Fox has publically suggested that the amount of employed personnel within the Forces would be one of the aspects at the forefront of discussions to combat a £500m deficit.

“Without cost containment in the current programmes, we have no option but to either cut the programmes currently under way or curtail investment in future programmes.”

Fox has been called on by the UK Treasury to slash the defence budget by up to 20 per cent in urgent plans that could begin to take effect by the end of the year, according to the National Audit Office.

Analysts believe that up to 30,000 of the present 175,000 personnel may be slashed, with two thirds of that figure falling on the army.

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