A Defence minister has welcomed the news that both the Army and the Royal Navy have been named as the 'most improved employer' by gay rights campaign group Stonewall.
The British Army ranked in the top 100 of Stonewall's list of gay-friendly employers, sharing 79th spot with the Royal Navy.
Around a third of the British Army is based in Wiltshire, with more military bases in Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset.
Defence Minister Anna Soubry said: "This is excellent news and reward for the hard work the department has made to create a positive working environment for its lesbian, gay and bisexual civilian employees.
"The MoD and the three services want to create a workforce that is drawn from the breadth of the society, that gains strength from that society's range of knowledge, experience and talent and that welcomes, respects and values the unique contribution of every individual."
Major General James Everard, the Army's LGBT champion, said: "The fact that for the first time the Army has been recognised as one of Stonewall's top 100 LGB employers is evidence that we are gaining real momentum. The Army is a great place to work and our LGBT community can feel it with individuals thriving as they make their contribution to the team.
"The credit falls in large part to the LGBT Forum who are a vibrant and productive organisation."