Britain set to remove up to 5,300 military positions
AFPLONDON--The British government said on Tuesday it was making up to 5,300 army personnel redundant as part of cuts that will see troop numbers reduced to the lowest since the early 19th century.
January 24, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The Ministry of Defense said soldiers returning from or heading to Afghanistan would be exempt from the cuts, the third such round under a program that will see the army reduced from 102,000 regular troops to 82,000 by 2020.
Britain still has about 9,000 troops in Afghanistan ahead of a scheduled withdrawal in 2014.
The Conservative-led coalition government of Prime Minister David Cameron, which is trying to shrink Britain's massive deficit, has already announced that reservist numbers will be doubled to 30,000 by 2018 to help fill the shortfall.