same thing will probably happen here as the chain of command don't like not being able to censor what passes up through it. And the Truth in higher echelons conflicts with peoples pet projects and career plans.
I personally think this site allows us to discuss things in a fairly Adult way and If there are subjects appearing that are causing discomfort in higher levels then they need to look at why they are appearing not in a witch hunt type lets blame someone but a what has gone wrong to lead to people thinking like this.
Maybe someone from the chain should look at making an offical Arrse were they can feed back, correct and explain it might actually help raise morale in some areas.
No need - you'll probably find enough of those quite high on the food chain read the posts here on a regular basis - or have their brew-bitch read it for them and precis it for perusal over tea and toast (or scotch and soda/G+T - sorry PoD!).
They already have in the form of Club Army started by DInfoA. The problem with the site was that you had to register giving personal details so you know that persistently speaking "off message" is likely to lead to an interview without coffee and buscuits, so the feedback was muted and usage lower than DInfoA expected.
In fairness to DInfoA it was probably a genuine attempt to get fedback, but it was hampered by its official nature. As far as ARRSE is concerned I have it on good authority it is known right at "the top of the office", but it carries little interest as anything other than a broad G2 source on the gripes of the day. Although there have been some first rate discussions on this board facilitated by the odd v senior grown up who would come in from time to time many of the issues raised are from an administrative point of view to be dealt with at Rgt level or lower, which is why it doesn't feature too heavily at 2* and up decision making.
Have you been manoevering in the area of the drinks cabinet, Woopert? If "...it doesn't feature too heavily at 2* and up decision making..." perhaps there's too little moral courage being displayed at slightly inferior shoulderboards - or are there no issues which really need to be raised at that level? I doubt it. Of course, real moral courage means the possibility of a halt in career progress.........
I would be surprised if the hierarchy tried to take any action over this site. We often turn blind eyes where it suits us for a multitude of reasons, just as applying some rules to the letter would prevent us doing our jobs or lower morale to a level where a unit becomes dysfunctional. Trying to close this site or to prevent participation would be like trying to stop bitching in the Colonel Gadaffi!
What is sadly possible is the prospect of Buff Hoon or one of his lackeys getting the hump over the site and applying pressure downwards, perhaps with the help of the Torygraph or Times.
Rules are for fools to obey and the wise to ignore....
Turp - nah mate, its moreso aimed at getting feedback on reviews and recommendations for more kit to trial...in addition to some other stuff.
If the opinions posted were just "This is crap, so is this and this is REALLY crap" then I could understand why they may want to shut it down, because its illinformed.....but its not.
They give detailed reports, and have well informed opinions of various bits of kit, and I think THAT is what worries the cnuts upstairs.
However, by trying to gag the guys, they're defeating themselves as the website is mentioned in every report I've seen, so people check it out and SEE the damage that the issued boots are doing to their feet.
Pretty nasty damage..
Rare... feet damaged by issue boots - sound familiar anyone?
Just out of interest, does any army issue decent boots? I remember the old US army combat boot being pretty good (before the advent of the old NI boot etc) back in the late 70's and we've used the US jungle boots for ages. US Corcoran jump boots were comfy but had no tread on them and leaked like sieves. German para boots were OK but immensely heavy and the French army boot was OK apart from the buckles on the side (like the old WW2 US 'glider boots').
Most of the blokes around my neck of the woods have opted to buy Lowa boots instead of going 'issue', but then they can afford to...
Arkady - The problem is that they're also being told "issue-only", so in other words they are stuck with the shit boots because they arent allowed to wear others.
There's also a guy over there that was medically downgraded to level 2, because his feet were constantly being damaged, but again, they wouldnt let him wear anything else, so he is not fit for deployment.
Its an utter farce.
As you would all be aware, for a soldier the three most important things are water, rifle and boots. There are issues with the other kit, but they're (mostly) willing to let those slide, but the boots are one of the fundamentally most important articles...and they just dont cut it. The only thing they're good for, is as a doorstop, or (if you're lucky) for when you're wandering around on base.
Wouldn't and couldn't happen anyway. In the one in a million chance of the event occurring where pressure was bought on bear on any (allegedly serving military, but not necessarily) personnel that may or may not host this site, a person or persons unknown, with the finances required to do so, would immediately offer to host the site from an offshore domain (probably the .to domain, where anything goes) in order to keep it going.
Tony Bliars influence may stretch to censoring the AG and twisting the truth about made up intel, but nothing can censor the internet. If it could, I wouldn't be submitting email reports once a month to the Mets peado investigation dept about the scary spam emails that we get at work on a regular basis.
Arrse to be regulated? More chance of Bliar telling the truth for more than 1 day in a row.