Thousands of soldiers have been finding out today whether they have lost their jobs in the latest round of Army redundancies. Nationally nearly 5,000 have been handed their redundancy notices.
Today's losses are the third instalment of job cuts arising from the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review. They have special significance here in the South especially at large garrison towns such as Aldershot and Tidworth. Penny Silvester reports on Salisbury Plain.
It is with great regret that we have had to make redundancies to deliver the reduction in the size of the armed forces, but unfortunately they were unavoidable due to the size of the defence deficit that this Government inherited.
Although smaller, our armed forces will be more flexible and agile to reflect the challenges of the future with the protection and equipment they need.
They will continue to be the bedrock of our society and provide extremely rewarding and exciting careers for future recruits."
Tough decisions needed to be made to address the multibillion-pound deficit and bring the defence budget back into balance.
This unfortunately included making some redundancies across the armed forces. However we can be clear that these reductions will not affect our operational capability.
The end of combat operations in Afghanistan and the restructuring of our armed forces means they will be more reflective of the complex global situation and more adaptable to future challenges and threats.