2,600 Army and Navy jobs to go
The Gurkhas are to be among the first victims of the Army's redundancy programme with around 150 troops facing the axe.
The Ministry of Defence said that, in total, 1,000 soldiers and 1,600 Royal Navy personnel would lose their jobs in the first tranche of redundancies for the two services under the Strategic Defence and Security Review cuts.
In the Army alone it is expected that around half the redundancies will be compulsory.
The head of Army manning, Brigadier Richard Nugee, said that the 3,500-strong Brigade of Gurkhas was set to lose around 150 troops, including infantry, engineers, signallers, and logisticians.
He said the cuts were necessary following changes made to the Gurkhas' terms of service in 2008, placing them on the same footing as the rest of the Army. As a result, Gurkhas can now serve for 22 years rather than the 15 to which they were previously restricted.
"We have already taken whatever measures we can to reduce the surplus that exists as a result of the policy change and have reduced the number of recruits coming from Nepal," Brig Nugee said.
"Even so, opportunities for promotion within the Brigade are being severely limited by the current situation.
"We are committed to a strong and vibrant Brigade of Gurkhas into the future and therefore must take action to ensure that, like the rest of the Army, their structures and manning are in the best possible shape by the end of this process."
Gurkha rights campaigner Peter Carroll, said: "I can't understand how the Government can make this sort of decision at a time when we have the most amount of troops deployed abroad since the Second World War.
"There are 3,200 Gurkhas currently serving the UK, so in percentage terms this is a deep cut and will be a huge disruption to the older, highly trained Gurkhas who have been fighting for our country for hundreds of years."