Found this on the British Army site (and if you think this is "only in Britain" you are NOT paying attention. Read on:
Final tranche of Army redundancies
23 January 2014
Details of the fourth and final set of armed forces redundancies have been announced by the Defence Secretary.
The restructuring of the armed forces is a step closer today, with the size and scope of the fourth and final set of armed forces redundancies having been set out by the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.
These redundancies are not new and are the last tranche of the armed forces redundancy programme that was announced in the strategic defence and security review in October 2010.
They also mark the end of the uncertainty our personnel have faced over the past few years.
All three services have worked hard to limit the numbers of personnel involved throughout the armed forces redundancy programme which has meant that this final tranche will only consist of up to 1,505 personnel.
'Support they need'This will include a maximum of 1,425 soldiers, 10 medical officers from the Royal Navy and 70 medical personnel from the RAF.
MOD has also ensured that there is a robust resettlement process and a generous tax-free payment in place for all those who are selected for redundancy to help make their transition to civilian life as smooth as possible.
This package has been further enhanced this year and personnel selected for redundancy this June will be able to get a loan as an advance of their redundancy payment to help them buy their own home.
Mr Hammond said:
"Tough decisions had to be made to balance the defence budget and this included restructuring the armed forces to create a more sustainable military....
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