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Volunteer Reserves will be able to use the letters VR after their names after 10 years of service, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced today.
This will allow them to identify publicly their contribution to the armed forces and the skills and experience gained as a reservist. These letters will follow their name, alongside any other qualifications or awards.
And in recognition of the time and dedication invested in their military careers, Regulars could be given a new Long Service medal.
The Strategic Defence and Security Review and the plans to develop the Future Force 2020 no longer reflect the new threats to peace around the world, says the Defence Committee in its report: “Re-thinking Defence to Meet New Threats”.
For the first time in twenty years, an advanced military state has challenged the borders of European nations, and the security challenges in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia have increased dramatically in scale and complexity. Serious instability persists in Darfur, Somalia, the Central African Republic, and Pakistan. Three million people have been displaced and two hundred thousand killed in Syria. These represent just some of the security challenges.
With cuts coming which are impossible to avoid, should we get rid of trident and replace it with a cheaper alternative e.g. the airborne version which will be able to be launched from our new F35s or completely get rid of a nuclear deterrent?
Is there any point in us having a nuclear deterrent which (I don't think any Government will have the balls to even fire) whichever enemy threatens us...
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