The UK Coalition government's swingeing cuts have hit many workers in the Ubut notably public sector workers. The armed forces have not escaped the axe. With thousands more military jobs to be cut fairness will be key. January 25, 2012, it has been announced that 40% of UK armed forces redundancies have been compulsory. Yet civilian staff appear to have been treat differently. MPs said the situation was "grotesque"
With reports that little is being done to retrain troops but rather that the authorities are going for a straightforward sacking. What a thank you for serving your country.
Philip Hammond the Coalition's Defense Secretary has defended the job cuts maintaining that MPs have got it wrong. He said that the allegations that civilians are facing voluntary redundancy whilst soldiers and the like are facing complusory redundancies is simply not true.
Part of the problem it is claimed is that civilian army personnel have a different range of skills. These enable them to take up other work more easily hence the voluntary redundancies and job moves. This assumes that the military are digging in their heels rather than volunteer to go. It could be though that they love their chosen career and want to continue.
When you consider the almost £500,000 spent in 2011 on celebrities entertaining the troops you have to wonder who is responsible for military budgets and spending controls?