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Posted on Thursday 5th July

The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond will give a statement to MPs today outlining army reforms due to further budget cuts.

Around 20,000 posts will be axed over the next 2 years, and although it is hoped that many soldiers will leave under the scheme for voluntary redundancy, thousands could face compulsory redundancy in the near future.

The next wave of redundancies is expected to coincide with the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, meaning that the army will have a fresh start in 2015. The pushing through of these reforms is also hoped to protect troops from new EU legislation which is due to be introduced in 2015 where the redundancy entitlement is reduced to only 3 months salary, rather than the current 9 months pay.

In his statement today, it is expected that Hammond will confirm that 5 battalions are to be scrapped. These will include the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. The Royal Welsh, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the Mercians will also lose battalions.

Historic regiments including the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, the Queen's Dragoon Guards, Royal Dragoon Guards, the Rifles and the Parachute Regiment are believed to have been spared, while the Queen's Royal Lancers will be merged with the 9th/12th Lancers, and the 1st Royal Tank Regiment with the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment.

The changes will mean the army is reduced to a strength of around 82,000

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