Tuesday, 1 March 2011
More tragedy in Afghanistan for our armed forces. A soldier from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps was killed today when he was hit by enemy gunfire. Since the war in Afghanistan commenced in 2001 358 of our troops have been killed.
Today it was also announced up to 11,000 military personnel are to lose their jobs in the next month. The 102,000-strong Army will lose 7,000, the navy's total of 35,000 will be cut by 5,000 and the RAF's 38,000 by the same number.
The reduction in posts is partly being made by not replacing people who were leaving anyway. The RAF has announced two Tornado squadrons will go - 14 Squadron based at Lossiemouth and X111 Squadron from Marham in Norfolk.
The coalition has also axed Harrier jets and will have no aircraft carrier for a decade (or aircraft to use it) yet David Cameron is sanctioning these cuts at this time of international unrest.
Gaddafi's eldest son called Cameron a joke in an interview on Sky television. His obvious lack of military understanding has me believing much the same.