Response to latest round of Army redundancies

Vernon Coaker MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, commenting on the latest round of Army redundancies, said:

“Just a day after we found out the Army needs to recruit thousands more troops to meet its requirement, this government is sacking soldiers.

“The Defence Secretary said he would recruit 11,000 new reserves to make up for the 20,000 Armed Forces personnel he plans to cut. But since 2011, 12,000 military personnel have been made redundant while the number of reserves has actually fallen.

“It’s no wonder that under David Cameron’s government, morale in the Armed Forces has collapsed. Over a quarter of service personnel say they are dissatisfied with service life, and almost a third of all servicemen and women across the Army, the Royal Navy and the RAF rate their morale as low.

“Britain’s Armed Forces will be left with a dangerous capability gap unless the Defence Secretary gets a grip and sorts this mess out.”