Afghanistan

#1
I'm one of the news editors at Sky News, and wonder if you could help me publicise an appeal for any ARRSE readers who would like to contribute to a week-long focus on the Afghan conflict we are broadcasting on TV and online in mid June.

It is called 'For Queen And Country' and will look at the individual sacrifices being made by British troops and their families.

We are looking at life on the frontline: we're asking questions about the quality of the kit the troops have, and the accommodation they and their families are provided with; about the role they are fulfilling; and about the support from other countries and the clarity of the mission.

Our coverage is being produced with the assistance of the MoD and various Army units, and will be broadcast live from Afghanistan and the UK.

Do any of your readers have any comments? Would they like to take part? Have they served in Afghanistan and have a comment about conditions, about the role of our forces in the country, about kit and safety, or about support for the Army back in the UK - whether from the public or the Government.

I'd love to hear from them - here or on email
 
#5
skynews said:
I'm one of the news editors at Sky News, and wonder if you could help me publicise an appeal for any ARRSE readers who would like to contribute to a week-long focus on the Afghan conflict we are broadcasting on TV and online in mid June.

It is called 'For Queen And Country' and will look at the individual sacrifices being made by British troops and their families.

We are looking at life on the frontline: we're asking questions about the quality of the kit the troops have, and the accommodation they and their families are provided with; about the role they are fulfilling; and about the support from other countries and the clarity of the mission.

Our coverage is being produced with the assistance of the MoD and various Army units, and will be broadcast live from Afghanistan and the UK.

Do any of your readers have any comments? Would they like to take part? Have they served in Afghanistan and have a comment about conditions, about the role of our forces in the country, about kit and safety, or about support for the Army back in the UK - whether from the public or the Government.

I'd love to hear from them - here or on email
I think you have come to the wrong place mate. As a soldier (and I would like to think I speak for most of the people on this site) we couldn't care less what the media think about anything - ever. I might be wrong and if I am then fill your boots.

If you want to do some real good then read Tommy (Rudyard Kipling). If that doesn't make you think then do whatever you want.

I'll jump off my soapbox now.
 

Fugly

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DirtyBAT
#6
Ross Kemp actually bothered his arrse to attach himself to the Royal Anglians for a substantial amounts of their tour, during which there were a lot of incidents - some of then unfortunately fatal. He, and the producers of the program, have our respect.

Are you prepared to offer similar? Or is this just a ratings grabber?
 
#7
Fugly said:
Ross Kemp actually bothered his arrse to attach himself to the Royal Anglians for a substantial amounts of their tour, during which there were a lot of incidents - some of then unfortunately fatal. He, and the producers of the program, have our respect.

Are you prepared to offer similar? Or is this just a ratings grabber?
In my eyes Ross Kemp was a bit of a wingnut - but then as Fugly said he went out with the lads and lived the way we do. That's the benchmark. If you want to get support of this site then maybe you should do the same.
 
#8
KnifeFightingMonkey said:
skynews said:
I'm one of the news editors at Sky News, and wonder if you could help me publicise an appeal for any ARRSE readers who would like to contribute to a week-long focus on the Afghan conflict we are broadcasting on TV and online in mid June.

It is called 'For Queen And Country' and will look at the individual sacrifices being made by British troops and their families.

We are looking at life on the frontline: we're asking questions about the quality of the kit the troops have, and the accommodation they and their families are provided with; about the role they are fulfilling; and about the support from other countries and the clarity of the mission.

Our coverage is being produced with the assistance of the MoD and various Army units, and will be broadcast live from Afghanistan and the UK.

Do any of your readers have any comments? Would they like to take part? Have they served in Afghanistan and have a comment about conditions, about the role of our forces in the country, about kit and safety, or about support for the Army back in the UK - whether from the public or the Government.

I'd love to hear from them - here or on email
I think you have come to the wrong place mate. As a soldier (and I would like to think I speak for most of the people on this site) we couldn't care less what the media think about anything - ever. I might be wrong and if I am then fill your boots.

If you want to do some real good then read Tommy (Rudyard Kipling). If that doesn't make you think then do whatever you want.

I'll jump off my soapbox now.
You've obviously not been here long.

As far as the programme goes whatever highlights and raises the profile of the Soldier on the ground should be favourably viewed; after all the SoS Scotland is a bit busy for Defence stuff right now, he has a break up of the Union to prevent!

I've done 3 tours of Iraq in 4 years.........I'd be interested why you don't want to ask Soldiers who have served in Iraq their opinion; after all that particular place has seen double the deaths in half the time and without the freedom to return fire as seen in Afghanistan, why not make a programme that covers the woefully inadequate funding of Defence across the board?
 
#9
KnifeFightingMonkey said:
Fugly said:
Ross Kemp actually bothered his arrse to attach himself to the Royal Anglians... [edit] He, and the producers of the program, have our respect.

Are you prepared to offer similar? Or is this just a ratings grabber?
If you want to get support of this site then maybe you should do the same.
As I said in my first post - we are working with the full support of the MoD, and with units in Afghanistan. I cannot say on this forum exactly where and when - but rest assured this is not a "ratings grabber" and we have reporters attached right now.

Furthermore, you will see LIVE tv from various positions: action as it happens. A first for TV news.

The reason for this posting was to see if there were any of you now back home who also wanted to contribute comments about your time in Afghanistan; or whether there were friends or family of Army guys who wanted to tell us what it was like for them.

Thanks
 

Mr Happy

LE
Moderator
#10
Chaps,

I'll PM SkyNews and have a quick chat with him/her/them.

Can we kindly keep the posts to a positive, we are afterall, a friendly bunch and skynews is not The Sun or Mirror. Lumping all media in to one pot is rather like lumping all soldiers in with the Ratings and those fairies in the airforce.

Mr H.
 
#11
Skynews - Without detracting from the overwhelming Army contribution in Afghanistan over the years, and their role in Iraq where they are still very much in the majority, please note that most of the UK Service personnel in Afghanistan during recent months have been members of the 'Naval Service' including Royal Marines, RN aircraft (helos and Close Air Support (CAS) Harriers) plus Force Protection, Intelligence, Logistics, Communications, EOD, maintainers and other supporting elements.

Despite the perception of the public and much of the media, not all 'troops' seen in CS95 (Combat System 1995) camouflage uniform are Army. The RN (including the Royal Marines) and RAF wear it too these days.
 
#12
KnifeFightingMonkey,

I wonder if you were to become any more narrow-minded, you might disappear up your own arrse? You certainly do not speak for me...

If we have an opportunity to get our points of view and messages across to the public via an opportunity like this, then we should and must take it - they don't come along every day and the telly is actually where most people, that's the general public and indeed those of us serving in all three services, find out about what we are getting up to...

Skynews - we're not all like KFM, there are actually some of us who understand the media but we may need to check bona fides...

Adjt
 
#13
Sky News did ask me before posting this, although it is stretching our media use rules slightly. With that in mind I would like to highlight to serving soldiers that contact with the media that is not approved by or via the MOD could be an offence under DIN003-06. Do a search on ARRSE for more info.
 
#15
I'm with the Adjutant on this one and, if it checks out, may even contribute myself, after all, this is Sky News not the BBC. During TELIC 1, Jeremy Thompson was attached to my unit for a considerable time and I am grateful to him for interviewing me on Mothers Day, which went out live.
 
#17
Mr Happy said:
Chaps,

I'll PM SkyNews and have a quick chat with him/her/them.

Can we kindly keep the posts to a positive, we are afterall, a friendly bunch and skynews is not The Sun or Mirror. Lumping all media in to one pot is rather like lumping all soldiers in with the Ratings and those fairies in the airforce.
Mr H.
Slightly off thread, but which fairies in whose air force? Is yours the voice of personal experience? :wink:
 

Mr Happy

LE
Moderator
#18
Chaps,

Spoke with SN just now. He's a good egg and they are genuinely looking for more breadth for their up-and-coming show. They've a couple of embeds and are pulling together the bits and pieces now but feel that some added, non MOD controlled input could have value. As you can imagine, embeds are somewhat controlled as to where they can go and who they can interview etc. I'm not aufait with the in's and out's of MOD/Media relations but never-the-less this is a genuine request from the shows controllers to get some alternate views. The best solution for anyone that cares about the armed forces is to help SN. Therefore, as Good CO says, if you are able to speak, or don't care, and have some experiences that you might like to share, or feel should share, give SN a PM.

If you've got some issues you think SN should look at, then establishing a relationship with SN now could be the way forwards. His original post reads:

I'm one of the news editors at Sky News, and wonder if you could help me publicise an appeal for any ARRSE readers who would like to contribute to a week-long focus on the Afghan conflict we are broadcasting on TV and online in mid June.

It is called 'For Queen And Country' and will look at the individual sacrifices being made by British troops and their families.

We are looking at life on the frontline: we're asking questions about the quality of the kit the troops have, and the accommodation they and their families are provided with; about the role they are fulfilling; and about the support from other countries and the clarity of the mission.

Our coverage is being produced with the assistance of the MoD and various Army units, and will be broadcast live from Afghanistan and the UK.

Do any of your readers have any comments? Would they like to take part? Have they served in Afghanistan and have a comment about conditions, about the role of our forces in the country, about kit and safety, or about support for the Army back in the UK - whether from the public or the Government.

I'd love to hear from them - here or on email
So to summarise, its a week long focus on what we're all doing out there (or have done), its about the "individual sacrifices being made by British troops and their families" and focusing on the front line (sorry Navy!), kit in quantity and quality, accom for the families, feelings of support from the public and a view on what you are trying to deliver. These points have been covered by many posters here on arrse on so many threads as it defies reading, but maybe the more common posters could now come forwards and help SN's week long special.

Remember, Sky can't say the armour on a WMIK is cr*p, you have to say it for them. Sky can't say the SA80A2 is great but the SUSAT is shite, you have to say that for them. If you don't want to appear on camera doing it, you can point them in a direction and let their researchers find someone. So many people on arrse have opinions, I hope that I'll see some of you on telly in the future voicing them for the understanding of the public at large (don't forget the arrse tie now, if you don't have one I'll buy one and send it to you!).

If anyone is unsure about contacting SN directly or wants to voice an opinion completely anonymously, my PM and email are there for you.

Mr H
 

Mr Happy

LE
Moderator
#19
Drlligaf said:
Mr Happy said:
Chaps,

I'll PM SkyNews and have a quick chat with him/her/them.

Can we kindly keep the posts to a positive, we are afterall, a friendly bunch and skynews is not The Sun or Mirror. Lumping all media in to one pot is rather like lumping all soldiers in with the Ratings and those fairies in the airforce.
Mr H.
Slightly off thread, but which fairies in whose air force? Is yours the voice of personal experience? :wink:
HAH! I've met that Flight Lt...

But we should keep on topic now for the reasons I've posted above.. (besides, I baited the RN on it too)
 
#20
Mr Happy said:
Chaps,

Spoke with SN just now. He's a good egg... If anyone is unsure about contacting SN directly or wants to voice an opinion completely anonymously, my PM and email are there for you.

Mr H

Thanks Mr H.
 

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