The British armed forces are facing restructuring and the RAF in Libya are going to be hit the worst following a spate of redundancies.
Around 920 soldiers and 930 RAF personnel will be told they will be made redundant, Sky News reports.
The Strategic Defence and Security Review decreed that air force personnel now serving over Libya will lose their jobs, as three services aim to cut 17,000 posts by 2015.
Gurkhas, especially infantrymen who make up most of the army will be selected for "compulsory redundancy." A 3,500-strong Gurkha Brigade will be among the first members of the British army to lose their jobs. The cuts will be implemented to their regiment as a change in the terms of service.
Front-line personnel in Libya and Afghanistan are supposed to be exempt from the cuts, but shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy said, "People will be shocked and will wonder whether the government have got their problems straight. This underlines the scale of the government's cuts in manpower. The front line cannot be protected by cuts this deep."
Murphy added, "Savings must be made, but in a world of uncertainty to many, this will seem a worrying loss of important capability."
The review has been heavily criticised by the Commons Defence Select Committee as well.
Defence Secretary Liam Fox defended the coalition's cuts and blamed "the incompetence of the last Labour government," which he said had left the "the nation's finances broken" and burned a "£38bn hole in the defence budget."
"Of course redundancies are always sad news, but we will continue to have strong and capable forces and we appreciate the hard work of our brave armed forces," he added.
One former RAF wing commander asked: "When I joined the RAF in in 1980, the RAF had 90,000 staff. When I left in 2006, it was down to 45,000, and now it will be reduced again to about 30,000. My question is how small can an organization get before it becomes impossible for it to perform what it is supposed to? "