The Chief of Defence Staff General Sir David Richards has thanked all of those who are losing their jobs in the Armed Forces. A statement said:
I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere thanks to those who will be leaving the Services for their contribution to our Armed Forces and to the nation’s security. Some of you may see redundancy as an opportunity. Others will see it as a significant challenge. Your chain of command will support you during the redundancy process, and I would encourage you to make full use of the comprehensive resettlement package as you make the transition to civilian life.
The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has released this statement in the wake of 4,100 redundancies in the Armed Forces:
Of course I regret that it has been necessary to makeredundancies to deliver our plans for reducing the size of the Armed Forces. Weinherited a multi billion pound black hole in the defence budget which hadmeant the previous Government had not been able to afford to properly equip ourtroops with the kit they needed.
We’ve now brought the defence budget back into balance for the first time in a generation. We will have smaller Armed Forces but we will ensure they will have the protection and equipment they need.