BAFF Chairman: Troop cuts 'will affect front line morale'

Almost the entire contingent of Britain’s 10,000 troops in Afghanistan have been told they could be sacked within months. BAFF Chairman Douglas Young writes about the issue on the Telegraph.co.uk website:

Of course the threat of redundancy will affect morale on the front line. How could it not?

Servicemen and women in Afghanistan or the Mediterranean theatres will continue to perform professionally, as they always do.

But redundancy has to be a distraction. It probably is right not to tell them until after they get home and have completed their post-operational leave.

But it is a remarkably unpleasant feeling for those who have to consider not just their own futures, but those of their families.

How much are you going to enjoy your post-operational leave knowing that redundancies are going to be announced as soon as you get back to barracks? ...

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