Britain axes 11,000 armed forces jobs: government

2nd March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain said Tuesday it would axe around 11,000 armed forces jobs as part of defence cuts brought in to help reduce the country's record budget deficit.

The announcement added detail to the broad figures outlined by Finance Minister George Osborne in last October's spending review.

The size of Britain's army, navy and armed forces will be reduced by 17,000 personnel by 2015 and will be partly achieved by slowing down recruitment.

"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 in a statement.

"But some difficult choices are sadly inevitable," he added.

Osborne announced in October that the government would cut defence spending by eight percent in real terms over the next four years as it looks to rein in a deficit which is running at around 10 percent of GDP.

© 2011 AFP

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