Just read this in the Telegraph. i'm not going to blame the civvies at the MOD. If you can get away with it then fair play. No civil servant cuts at cash-strapped MoD - Telegraph I am however pretty annoyed at this god awful excuse for a woman, Ursulla Brennan, never had a real job in her life. Ministry of Defence | About Defence | People | Senior Officials | Permanent Under Secretary Her comments certainly raised my eyebrows as I took my morning constitutional. Mrs Brennan admitted that Armed Forces personnel and civil servants are being treated differently as jobs are cut. That is an absolute distinction between the two schemes and is part of an approach that the civil service takes civil service-wide, that we dont go to compulsory redundancy until weve done the voluntary exits first. She suggested that, unlike service personnel, civil servants are harder to sack because they have flexible skills. She told the committee: It is also partly because if you look at the Armed Forces, you have people who have specific ranks and trades. A very large number of the civil service have flexible skills that enable them to work in a variety of places. ''Therefore, if you are targeting redundancy, it is much harder to target a redundancy programme for a generic group of staff.