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Thousands of UK troops learning if they will lose their jobs amid country's austerity measures

June 12, 2012 - 5:18 AM

LONDON - Britain's defence secretary says thousands of troops are being told if they will lose their jobs amid the country's austerity measures.

Philip Hammond said Tuesday that about 4,100 military staff would be lost as the defence ministry conducts a second round of job cuts.

Britain has announced that it will cut a total of 17,000 troops and 25,000 civilian staff. It means the country's army will number about 82,000 by 2015.

A fleet of jets, an aging aircraft carrier and 40 nuclear warheads are also being lost amid an 8 per cent cut to the military's annual 37 billion pound ($58 billion) defence budget over four years.

Prime Minister David Cameron is driving through a four-year program of about 81 billion pounds ($126 billion) of cuts to government spending.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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