– Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy
We support action to enhance the role of the Reserves, but the Government can go further to protect our reservists' patriotism.
If more is going to be asked of reservists, ministers must provide more support. Anti-discrimination legislation, improved pre-deployment training and better mental healthcare are vital.
At a difficult time for many companies, employers must be given the support they need when their workers serve on reserve duty.
Crucially, Reserve units must be integrated with regular forces rather than form stand alone units and civilian skills must be maximised in military contexts.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said he wants Territorial Army (TA) recruits who are ready to train and make themselves available for deployment, as he seeks to further integrate the reserves with the regular Army.