UK government in its keenness to start its austerity to the people drive, starts first wave of military job cuts amidst controversy as people, including soldiers serving in Afghanistan, are simply sent emails telling them theyâ€™re now surplus to requirements. Trainee RAF pilots are to start being told from next Tuesday, that they are no longer required for training:
The Army has apologised after 38 soldiers learned they were losing their jobs by e-mail.
The men – all long-serving warrant officers and including one working in Afghanistan – were told they were victims of the defence cuts.
The Army has said sorry for the distress, adding that commanding officers have since lent them support.
Defence Secretary Liam Fox said what happened was “completely unacceptable” and the Army was investigating it.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Dr Fox also said he regretted the way trainee RAF pilots had discovered they were to lose their jobs.
On Monday, the Daily Telegraph reported that a quarter of the RAF’s trainee pilots – up to 100 – are to be sacked.
Meanwhile, the Sun said the soldiers each received a message giving them one year’s notice and advising them to “start planning your resettlement”.