– Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy
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.
4,480 Army personnel are to be handed redundancy notices in the third round of Army job cuts, as the Government tries to reduce the number of regular soldiers to 82,000 by 2018. 16% of the posts being cut will be compulsory.