MoD set to axe hundreds more soldiers under "hugely damaging" plans to cut away to just 82,000, claim MPs

MoD set to axe hundreds more soldiers under 'hugely damaging' plans to cut army to just 82,000, claim MPs The Ministry of Defence is considered cutting hundreds of full-time soldiers, Tory MPs claimThe regular Army has already reduced to its weakest strength since before the Napoleonic WarsNumbers are proposed to shrink to 82,000 soldiers by 2015 | UPDATED: 22:30 GMT, 8 December 2012 Hundreds more full-time soldiers are to go under controversial proposals being considered by the Ministry of Defence, two Tory MPs claimed last night. The regular Army has already been reduced to its weakest strength since before the Napoleonic Wars under cuts announced earlier this year, with proposals to shrink its size to 82,000 soldiers by 2015. Now MPs Patrick Mercer and John Baron – both former Army officers – predict that economic pressures make further reductions inevitable in 2016 and 2017