ENTIRE Army battalions and regiments are to be disbanded on their return from Afghanistan, a memo sent to officers discloses.
An extra 5,000 soldiers face losing their jobs in addition to the 7,000 redundancies already announced, the document shows.
The letter appears to contradict assurances to Parliament that no more soldiers would be sacked before the end of the Afghan campaign, planned for January 2015.
Army chiefs are said to be furious that the Government has reneged on a deal to keep the numbers in place. A senior Army source they had a “big problem” with the decision, which has caused friction with ministers.
“For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot;
An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy sees!”
– Rudyard Kipling, “Tommy“