For eight years, a woman whose son was killed on duty in Iraq has written to the family of every other fallen British soldier.
A Royal Marine convicted of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent can be named as Sergeant Alexander Blackman following a High Court ruling.
Former SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale has said he will seek legal advice after being convicted for a second time of gun offences.
Former Defence Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind said there is a "serious question mark" over the Government's plan to plug the gap left by Army cuts by increasing the numbers of part-time soldiers.
The Conservatives have pledged to cut the size of the Army by 20,000 while doubling the size of the Army Reserves to 30,000 by 2018.
Former Tory cabinet minister Rifkind told the Telegraph: "The plan is very ambitious. There is a serious question mark about whether it's deliverable. I can certainly see it as being very challenging."
Troops will be offered interest-free loans to help them get on the property ladder, the government has announced today.
Armed forces personnel will be able to borrow up to half their salary, capped at a maximum of £25,000, repayable over 10 years, the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said.
Around £200m has been earmarked for the Forces Help to Buy scheme, which will start on April 1, 2014 and is due to run for three years.
It is hoped the funding will help troops who struggle to buy their first home because frequent moves and deployments make it difficult to secure credit.
Colonel Charles Barnett, from the Services Prosecuting Authority, said outside the court:
Sgt Nightingale has now had the trial which he requested, which is his right to seek. He has now been convicted by the board.
His fine record as a soldier is a matter that will no doubt be considered carefully when the board considers his sentence.
Sergeant Danny Nightingale has said that he is still struggling with a brain injury he received during an endurance marathon in 2009.
He said "there are now things in my head that are not facts" and added that he sometimes had difficulty recognising his own family members.
His wife Sally added: "He never brought a weapon into the country ... He still confabulates and still struggles with his brain injury on a day-to-day basis".
Much of Sgt Danny Nightingale's court martial rested on conflicting accounts of how the gun and ammunition came to be in a home he was staying in.
- The prosecution accuse him of changing his story. He allegedly told police that the gun had been a "trophy" given to him in Iraq and that he had accumulated the ammunition from training sessions in the UK. Nightingale later told the court martial that someone else had put them there.
- The defence allege that Sgt Nightingale's memory was affected by a brain injury and that his confession to police was false because he was "confabulating" (filling in gaps in his memory based on what other people had told him). He said he had "no recollection of receiving the gun".
Asked whether he planned to fight on for his proclaimed innocence, Sergeant Nightingale said he had to ask the question: "Realistically can we keep going?".
He said that he had concerns about the "longevity of the family".
The solicitor for Sgt Danny Nightingale has tweeted that the family will be seeking advice on whether to appeal against his conviction by a court martial board for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition:
the #nightingale sentence raises point of law of exceptional importance and has been referred to the Court Martial Appeal Court
the#nightingale family will now be seeking advice on an appeal against the convictions
Speaking outside the court martial, Sergeant Danny Nightingale has apologised to taxpayers for footing his ongoing legal battles.
He said that his own part in covering legal bills had been "financially debilitating".
- 2007: Returns to UK from tour of duty in Iraq.
- October 2009: Suffers brain injury during an endurance marathon in Brazil.
- September 2011: Civilian police discover the pistol and ammunition in Nightingale's rented home after a tip-off. He allegedly tells police that the gun was a "trophy" from Iraq, although he later contests this account.
- November 2012: Pleads guilty to gun offences and is ordered to serve 18 month in military detention. The Court of Appeal later reduces and suspends his sentence.
- March 2013: Original conviction overturned by Court of Appeal
- July 2013: Convicted of the original offences by a fresh court martial