Government announces the third round of armed forces lay-offs

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SOLDIERS serving in Afghanistan this year face losing their jobs in a further round of armed forces lay-offs planned for 2014.

A fresh round of up to 5,300 Army personnel are to be handed their notice in June as the government tries to reduce the number of regulars to 82,000, it was announced yesterday.

Any soldiers preparing for, deployed on, or recovering from operations on June 18 will not be made redundant against their wishes.

But the Ministry of Defence said those exempt from compulsory redundancy this year would not be protected from a further tranche of job losses next year, which will also affect medics and dentists in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.