Forces shortages

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It is disappointing to note the latest figures from the Scottish Government (Your report, 19 September) indicating that employment in the armed services north of the Border has fallen by 1,000 in the last year. The number of military personnel now stands at 9,400, having dropped below 10,000 for the first time and is down 9.5 per cent from 2014.

Indeed, since 2010 some 20,000 redundancies have been made in the army overall, and a further 5,000 in the Royal Navy and RAF. This is despite a UK government pledge that the number of personnel would ­increase.

With George Osborne’s recent announcement that the replacement of Trident at Faslane will go ahead, in the face of widespread opposition in Scotland, we are to face an unjustified reduction in our conventional forces.

The UK government’s messianic commitment to nuclear weapons and the £100 billion replacement of Trident have seen our conventional forces sidelined, leaving us over-exposed and under-protected as a nation.

Alex Orr

Leamington Terrace

Edinburgh