Soldiers 'outraged'

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Soldiers 'outraged'

Post by Mr007 on Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:23 am



Commodore Clive Walker, joint force support commander in Afghanistan, said the army was "just scoping all of the options that are open".

But the Telegraph reports that the memo has "been seen by soldiers serving on the front line in Afghanistan, who are outraged".

The mother of Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, who lost both legs and suffered brain damage from a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2006, said wounded personnel should not be forced out too soon.

"It's very difficult if you are not fit enough to return to your army job but you aren't fit enough to return to a physical career outside of the Army, then what is there for you?" said Diane Dernie.

"And surely in an organisation the size of the MoD, there must be some leeway to employ some of those who are wounded who want to remain in service."

Housing minister Grant Shapps told Sky News there was no change to plans already announced.

"There is no chance of these people being kicked out. That is quite misleading."

But the shadow defence secretary, Jim Murphy, said the government's "strategic shrinkage" of the armed forces was "being done by stealth".

He said: "No-one should be sacked because they are seriously injured while defending our country.

"This weekend is about remembrance not argument.
M Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, carrying out Operation Volcano in Northern Helmand Province, Afghanistan The memo suggested as many as 2,500 soldiers wounded on the front line could be made redundant

"The government should be doing everything in its power to support people in to new roles in the forces, in the MoD or to a new career outside of defence.

Former Royal Navy officer Lewis Page said other cuts should be made before injured soldiers were targeted: "The Royal Navy has enormous numbers of senior officers bluntly sitting around not doing anything that possibly justifies their rank and pay."

The leak came as the government pledges to improve access to housing for ex-services personnel.

Mr Shapps said they should be prioritised on social housing waiting lists and government first-time buyer schemes, and there should be increased funding to adapt homes for wounded personnel and to stop so many ending up sleeping rough.

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