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The Army Rumour Service is the premier British Army community on the internet. For getting started you may like to examine the Ten Basic Things that all new Users should know.


ARRSE does not endorse any of the products advertised on the site. Additionally advertisers are aware that they may receive negative comment in the forums. Our policy is not to give advertisers any editorial control or protection however users are requested to bear in mind that they pay for the site and we would prefer to retain their goodwill. Any strong negative comments about an advertiser should be directed to Sponsors can be recognised by the medals next to their user.


ARRSE came into being in early Jan 2002 and was created using MS Frontpage. It soon became apparent that this wasn't up to the task and this was soon replaced by YaBB (Yet Another Bulletin Board). This was a significant improvement and supported the rapid expansion of the site. Unfortunately it was based on a flat file structure which created vast numbers of individual files that soon made backing the site up a nightmare.

The next upgrade to the site in saw it move to a fully fledged Content Management System named PHPNuke. This operated on a Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP system and gave a significant improvement in functionality, reliability and speed. Unfortunately PHPNuke also had a reputation for poor security and this led to the site being hacked by some Brazilian hackers in May 2004. After almost a week of downtime the site was restored and since then security has been the number one priority of the COs.

The drive for increased security led to a further change of software to CPGNuke, an offshoot of PHPNuke.

Current Incarnation

The latest version of ARRSE operates using DragonflyCMS version 9.6.1 We also use the following Open Source projects for other parts of the site:

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