Welcome to the British Army's largest online community

ARRSE is the unofficial website of the British Army. We welcome serving, ex- and future members of the Army, as well as other services and overseas military.


The ARRSE Gallery Refurbished

Work continues on the reorganisation of the ARRSE gallery, thanks to Bad CO, Chirumenga, FrosteeMARIA and Jarrod. Take a test drive here:

» Collections  » Categories

Failure in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Britain got almost everything wrong and should admit its failure
Old news perhaps, but vehemently expressed by Rory Stewart MP in the Telegraph on Monday. Read ARRSE users' reactions in one of the busiest threads of the week.

» Read thread...
» Related: Book review - Losing Small Wars

6164
Canada

Government Intends To Restore Canadian Army Rank Insignia, Names and Badges To Their26 mins ago

Hooray, one of the dullest moderator ***** on milnet is on here to reinforce the stereotype that Canada is populated by nobody but Principal Skinners.

46
Army Pay, Claims & JPA

bfg naafi allowances46 mins ago

Ta. Was going to get ripped for 50 English pounds for a sleeve of 200 l and b! Appreciated! **** that lung cancer at that price!

2
Current Affairs, News and Analysis

Hillsborough Inquest57 mins ago

Dildo Faggins said: Well I suggest anyone who wants any kind of idea of what happened that day to grab these vids while they can. Part 1 -  »More

499
Health and Fitness

Toenails are Falling Off...1 hour ago

Going on exercise, walking, tabbing, sleeping out, the words I will always remember told to me a very long time ago, Any ******* idiot can be uncomfortable. If you feel your feet are getting warm/hot they probably are, stop and remove your boots, let them cool. If you are truly learned and...  »More

28
Current Affairs, News and Analysis

Crimea Heating Up...1 hour ago

The VICE footage of the invasion of the police headquarters in Horlivka which some of us saw on a livefeed. Seem to be mixed opinions on what to do with the large policeman? Reporter blows it at the end with the "Russian Colonel", who is actually just some random Ukrainian gangster.

5082
Current Affairs, News and Analysis

How can the Army develop a learning culture?1 hour ago

If you refuse to accept that there is any other answer except your own, why bother listening to anyone else? Simple as that. I (and possibly Bubbles) would suggest that change is necessary, and full acceptance of blame is necessary; but that the resulting changes must take place in context of past...  »More

198
Gaming and Software

Best Freeware1 hour ago

I have Firefox and the CCleaner that I used mostly throughout the week, but do use Google Chrome here and there. I agree that it is a bit better than Firefox these days. I haven't heard of the others that have been listed, but will check them out and see how good they are.

70
MoD News

Press release: Business Secretary considers evidence for tougher regulation of arms exports1 hour ago

Yes, don't supply arms to Syrian 'rebels' who are nothing more than Al Qaeda scum. It's not hard, is it. Got any jobs going?

1
Current Affairs, News and Analysis

Scottish Independence Round 21 hour ago

Just as a matter of interest, Spain has a fairly robust attitude to nuclear weapons ever since the US accidently dropped a few nukes on them in 1966. And what happened to Spain's NATO's membership when it told the USA to remove Nukes from its territory? And whether the USA actually...  »More

21117
Join the Army - Regular Soldier Recruitment

Where are you with your application process?-From app to P12 hours ago

BOOM! I'll be with you mate. Buzzing now. Can't wait!!! Second his comment about saying thanks. People on here have been a big help. Posted from the ARRSE Mobile app (iOS or Android)

9921
ARRSE Social, Events & Networking

ARRSE Kennel Club - A Dog Owners Thread2 hours ago

Sinner251 said: ...Click to expand...

11980
Books

Review; Images of War. Waffen-SS On The Eastern Front By Ian Baxter.18 hours ago

This book is part of the Images of War series by the author. It contains rare and never before published photographs of the Waffen-SS in combat and at rest on the Eastern Front. Now as per the advert I can

Books

Review: Look Who’s Back, A Merciless Satire by Timur Vermes2 days ago

This mercilessly satirical novel sends up our media-obsessed society in a splendid way, pulling no punches and sparing no-one. It has sold 1.5 million copies in Germany and has been translated into 38 languages. It has already been optioned for

Books

Review: Mad Mitch’s Tribal Law by Aaron Edwards2 days ago

Subtitled ‘Aden and the End of Empire’, this excellent book describes the Arab insurgency and end of British colonial rule in Aden, and its hinterland, the Radfan.  All aspects are covered, predominantly from the British perspective but the focus of

Books

Review: Hearts of Green – John Marsh4 days ago

Review brought over from Rum Ration Well, what could possibly go wrong? I read the book over a couple of evenings, sat in my comfy old armchair, with a good slug of finest brandy. It was a fair old yarn,

Books

Review: The Caravaggio Conspiracy by Alex Connor6 days ago

This book follows on from “The Rembrandt Secret” but is a standalone book in its own right. However, reading the first would put a lot of the characters into perspective. The lead character, Gil, worked as an investigator in the

Books

Review: Combat Camera by Christian Hill1 week ago

From Auntie Beeb to the Afghan Frontline .  May 2011, Afghanistan: Camp Bastion is under attack, the Sun’s defense editor is about to catch  the wrong helicopter, and a famous TV war reporter (and actor) is missing half his kit

Books

Review of The Fallen by John Garfield1 week ago

I thought I would have a quick read of this book, flicking through the photographs, noting the war cemeteries I have visited myself.  However, that was not to be.  I finished up spending hours with maps (and Google Earth) looking

Books

Review: A Very Strange Way To Go To War by Andrew Vine1 week ago

This is the excellently narrated story, now released in paperback, of how the P&O liner Canberra was requisitioned (STUFT) in 1982 and despatched to the Falklands War as a troopship. The book covers in fine detail the commandeering, conversion and

Books

Review: For Exemplary Bravery – The Queen’s Gallantry Medal by Nick Metcalfe MBE QGM1 week ago

Metcalfe has written an exemplary book about a medal awarded for Exemplary Bravery; an award that he himself holds. This must be the definitive record of this medal to date. It covers the situation prior to the initiation of the

Books

Review: The Road to Dunkirk by Charles More2 weeks ago

This is a book about a battle which was overshadowed by Operation Dynamo. It concerns the battle of the Ypres -Comines Canal in 1940. Once the writer gets into his stride, and describes the battle itself, its an exciting and

Books

Review: The Ill-Fated Battalion by Peter Sain Ley Berry2 weeks ago

Sub-titled “The Story of the 7th (Leith) Royal Scots at Quintinshill and Gallipoli, 1915” Once again I will declare an interest here as The Royal Scots was my former Regiment (not that one ever fully ‘leaves’ a Regiment!)  I previously

Books

Review: Great War, The Countdown to Global Conflict by Ian Welch2 weeks ago

On 7th. August 1914 the first British troops of the BEF commanded by Field Marshal John French  landed in France. They had been deployed in response to the German invasion of Belgium which violated the treaty of London 1839 and

Books

Review: Chemical Soldiers by Donald Richter2 weeks ago

Donald Richter has written the first new history of the Special Brigade since 1934.The story of the officers and men of this unique and sparsely recorded formation. All of whose members have long since died and whose memory is preserved

Books

Revew:The Bristol Gunners by Tim Anderson2 weeks ago

A recently published book looking at the history of one of the few surviving volunteer artillery units with excellent First World War diaries and with battlefield visits to some of the sites as part of the research. The action in

Books

Review: Task Force Nightshade by A J Huston2 weeks ago

Early last century every boy read the Biggles books but immediately after WWII Dick Barton was on radio and then came the turn of the cinema with James Bond.  But now we are back to books with a new hero, Will

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.

What else..

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

Management

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.

History

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.

Help ARRSE

There are lots of ways you can support us:

Join the ARmy Rumour SErvice and get all this free:

  • See less advertising
  • Send private messages to other members
  • Join in forum discussions
  • Comment on reviews
  • Get notified of new content of interest
This site uses XenWord
debug;0