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.
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.