“Many of those who fought in the dust and the danger of Afghanistan are being rewarded with P45s.
“All of those who trusted David Cameron in opposition when he promised a larger Army will feel badly let down.
“Savings have to be made, but we worry important skills and capabilities are being lost without thought for our Forces’ role in the world.
“The Defence Secretary claims to have balanced the budget but he cannot tell us how. Many will feel he is doing so at the expense of brave individuals who served their country.
“Britain will need to confront global threats with leaner, rebalanced, more advanced Armed Forces in future. The most important baseline, however, is national security and we need to know the full military impact of so many people leaving the Armed Forces so quickly.
“Ministers must do more to convince that they are looking after families, Service-leavers and those on the frontline.”