About the Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)
For over 10 years the Army Rumour Service has been the British Army's busiest and best online community. The site has a broad spread of users, military, ex-military and civilian, from all ranks, services and many countries (primarily British Army of course), and contains a broad mix of content from the deepest intellectual discussions to pure offensive rubbish.
Unofficial, but with Plenty to Say
The Army Rumour Service is entirely unofficial, although often quoted as a source of comment on military issues by the national media, and more recently a source of opinion for the House of Commons Defence Select Committee.
In addition to the discussion forums at the heart Army Rumour Service, the site also has over 1000 reviews of books and equipment (which for the most part we source from our partner Nightgear), it's own wiki, the ARRSEPedia (think Wikipedia, but more humorous and only occasionally accurate), and an image gallery
The Army Rumour Service is run day-to-day by a team of volunteer moderators, with the backing of regular users. There are two site administrators / owners, and the commercial side of the site is carried out under the brand Military Media, by Olive Net Ltd. The site is maintained through advertising income and donations.
The Army Rumour Service was founded by two serving British Army officers in 2002, with the key ingredients being beer, midnight oil and The Idiots Guide to Websites. Initially the site, and particularly its name, ARRSE, caught the interest of military aircrew and the Army's Junior Staff College students, but grew rapidly beyond to all parts of the regular and reserve Army and all ranks.