Businesses and charities have laid out what they can offer military personnel to persuade them to stay in Moray.
More than 20 organisations were at Kinloss Barracks yesterday to encourage forces families and troops leaving the service to remain in the north-east.
There are currently more than 3,500 military personnel in Moray, who possess myriad skills in engineering, leadership, communication and problem solving.
Gordon Sutherland, coordinator at Moray Economic Partnership, believes there is also the potential to attract even more people to the area.
He said: “It’s not necessarily just about jobs. We are also keen to show the kinds of activities that families might be able to enjoy here.
“Quite often, personnel might be stationed here, but still be based somewhere else and go home at the weekends or whenever.
“We really want to open their eyes to the opportunities in Moray and show them the benefits of living here, as well as job opportunities.”
Stall holders included tourism bodies, engineering groups and children’s charities. Moray College UHI reported an interest in personnel asking about enrolling in courses to prepare for life outside of the Army and RAF.
Ruth Douglas, barracks staff officer at Kinloss Barracks, was eager to use the event to build links with the local community.
She added: “Many spouses have to leave jobs behind when partners are stationed up here. They bring skills with them, so it is sensible to make the most of them.
“We also want to change the mindset, so people see themselves as being based in Scotland instead of England. It’s an amazing and affordable lifestyle here.”