– Ministry of Defence spokeswoman
Tough decisions needed to be made to address the multibillion-pound deficit and bring the defence budget back into balance.
This unfortunately included making some redundancies across the armed forces. However we can be clear that these reductions will not affect our operational capability.
The end of combat operations in Afghanistan and the restructuring of our armed forces means they will be more reflective of the complex global situation and more adaptable to future challenges and threats.
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.