The Ministry of Defence fully recognises the distress that this caused the individuals and their families, and I take this opportunity once again to apologise unreservedly for this error.
It is not normal practice to publish the outcome of internal investigations and we do not intend to do so. The investigation was completed on 23 February 2011 and has confirmed that this was the result of a genuine and isolated error, which meant that the normal staffing procedures were not followed. This meant that the 38 individuals affected had not been informed of this decision by the chain of command before they received the email from the Army Personnel Centre (APC), which would usually be the case. As a result of the investigation, every effort has been made to minimise the risk of this sort of thing happening again. These measures include clearance at APC branch colonel level of all communication that is about or may result in termination.