– Ministry of Defence spokeswoman
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.
Thousands of soldiers are due to learn whether they have lost their jobs in the latest round of Army redundancies.
A fresh tranche of up to 5,300 Army personnel are to be handed redundancy notices as the Government tries to reduce the number of regulars to 82,000 by 2018.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the move was necessary to help balance the books but insisted operational capability would not be affected.