The Army Basing programme is a key development for the county as Service personnel and their families settle there.
Alongside key partners, Wiltshire Council is preparing the way to make the transition as smooth as possible.
But as well as welcoming newcomers, the council and partners are keen to hold onto those already here who are preparing to retire from Army life.
Firing Blanks are serving soldiers who have written and recorded their own upbeat Yuletide song, Rockin’ at Christmas.
The single, now available on iTunes and Amazon, has been recorded to raise money and awareness for charity, with profits being split equally between The Royal British Legion and The National Foundation for Youth Music.
Four Royal Military Police corporals have been acquitted of assaulting two rookie Redcaps by pressuring them to drink vast amounts of alcohol at alleged initiation ceremonies in a Gütersloh mess.
The four defendants were cleared of any wrongdoing after a court martial found that the newcomers had consented to drinking yard glasses of mixed booze before they collapsed and became ill.
Prosecutors had claimed that LCpl Chelsea Memmott effectively had no choice when she downed a ‘welcome drink’ containing 1.5L of a “hideous” alcoholic concoction.
She was hospitalised for five days and almost died, having been admitted with a blood-alcohol level almost six times the drink-drive limit.