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Army seeks 10,000 new personnel

The Army has launched a recruitment drive to help find 10,000 personnel just weeks before thousands are due to be laid off.

It is hoping to draw new staff with a TV campaign as part of an overhaul of the recruitment process.

The move comes ahead of the single biggest round of armed forces job losses under the coalition which could see some 5,300 redundancies on June 18.

It will be the third instalment of job cuts arising from the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review and confined to the Army.

The first tranche in September 2011 saw 2,860 forces personnel across all three services laid off.

Chief of the General Staff General Sir Peter Wall said the redundancies were essential to reduce the Army to 82,000.

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