“The defence community will be dismayed that history is being dismissed.
“Defence is about more than inputs, outputs and spreadsheets. It is also about people, tradition and pride.
“Philip Hammond seems either oblivious or uncaring about the historic ties that many communities have to Army units and vice versa.
“The country will want confidence the Defence Secretary is doing all possible to preserve important historic legacies. More has got to be done to end this uncertainty and worry.
“The Army is currently ‘top heavy’ and the Government must go further than planned to cut the numbers of senior officers to tackle imbalance.
“Savings have to be made and Army restructuring is required, but Ministers must do so in way that makes our Forces more efficient while respecting longstanding ties.”