Sunday Telegraph: More armed forces redundancies 'not ruled out'

According to the Sunday Telegraph's Defence Correspondent, "Army, Navy and Royal Air Force's chiefs will be told within the month exactly how much of the burden each service will have to shoulder and will then have to decide how to make the savings."

The cuts are necessary because of a massive gap between the MoD's financial commitments for the financial year which begins in April and its allocated budget.

Defence sources said the department's planning for 2011-12 had identified a significant gap of "several hundreds of millions of pounds".

It is understood that defence chiefs have not ruled making more troops redundant, including some serving in Afghanistan, above the 17,000 already identified in the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).

One senior source said the cuts would be "messy" and added that there would be "blood on the walls". ...

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