Thousands to lose jobs in Belgian army before 2015
The head of the army, General Charles-Henri Delcour, has devised a redevelopment programme to maintain 37,297 service men and women. By 2015, there should not be more than between 28,000 and 30,000.
Ideally, by 2015, there will be no more than 30,000 service men and women, and 2,000 civilians, according to figures published on Tuesday by La Dernière Heure.
According to the three page document, addressed to defence Minister Pieter de Crem, the central reason for the reform is that it is no longer possible to spend money maintaining a linguistic balance within the Belgian army.
In 1998 the army boasted 44,654 soldiers.
At the end of September Pieter De Crem will announce his own redevelopment plans, predicting the closure of several army barracks. However, “all possibilities are still open” said a Ministry of Defence spokesperson.