The Government has a flawed plan for reforming the British Army. There is a huge effort going into sacking soldiers but nowhere near as much is being done to plug the gap by recruiting new reservists.
These redundancies represent not just broken promises but a failing strategy, and the level of voluntary applicants will be a signal of morale.
Some 4,480 military personnel have been made redundant today in the latest round of army job cuts, the Ministry of Defence said.
The Ministry of Defence will set out the number of posts it will cut from the service in order to reduce the size of the Army by a fifth.