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Screening soldiers doesn’t protect them from mental illness
I just saw this posted on Twitter and thought it odd. I'd have thought screening would be useful.
Prof. Wessely does have a very valid point about labelling people and we do of course see people wanting or claiming ptsd to excuse an act.
Are people surprised by this, has anyone been screened, what do people think, what else could be done?
In the year following our 70th birthday the Forces Pension Society stands alone – hugely respected, pre-eminent and unchallenged in our knowledge Armed Forces pensions. Pensions are our business, and no-one knows the service pensions world like we do; for 70 years we have been helping our Members with their queries about the pensions they receive and the pensions they are likely to receive in the future. We deal with thousands of such enquiries every year and the Society is told time and time again that it understands this world like no one else, and that the advice it gives is unique – clear, accurate, independent and confidential.
Because we deal with pensions all the time, we are able to spot cases which have not been dealt with properly, or where the rules are being applied unfairly; and we take these up with the Ministry of Defence. We have successfully lobbied the MoD on a number of issues, sometimes behind-the-scenes and sometimes in public. We were very successful in 2015...
Interesting speech from the Commander of UK Maritime Forces the other night. Its not all doom and gloom, I except more in the way of ships is needed, manpower needs to increase, however its not the end of the RN as the Daily Wail would have us believe.
Commander UK Maritime Forces speech at Palace of Westminster | Royal Navy
Or have I fallen for some Mod UK spin?
The army is launching a new recruitment drive with the first adverts airing tomorrow Sat.
Two of which can be seen in the Telegraph link.
New Army recruitment campaign to promote 'friendship' - BBC News
Army fights troops shortfall with new recruitment ads about camaraderie
A really interesting pair of articles here, showing how the US offered the RAF Stealth Fighters in the 80s and 90s as a GR4 replacement. Presumably the answer 'no' came about because the realisation was that to do so would kill the UK aerospace industry, and Typhoon and actually do more long term damage to UK interests than would be gained. But a fascinating bit of work (and a good reason why I do rather like the Guardian when its not in self righteous morally preachy and never wrong (or as I like to call it JohnG) mode).
Keep the French in the dark: Thatcher's secret push for US military technology
In 1986 U.S. President Ronald Reagan offered Britain the F-117 stealth jet
A Rhine Army beer fest to remember the good old days of BAOR/BFG, when you used to go down town drink your own bodyweight in beer, get back to the unit for 6am, breakfast by 7am parade by 8pm and still do another days hard work before you did it all again the next night, we are more moderate these days, but still like a pint or 2!
BAOR/BFG equipment, such as Chieftain, Centurion, Centurion AVRE, Saracen, 432, Saladin, Stalwart, Sultan and Scorpion, laid on by the museum, backed up by anything we can bring along, There will be German beer tents, and other German food stalls selling Bratwursts, Currywursts, Fikkadelle,s Etc and a Dance night in a barn, with BAOR/BFG era music, if it goes well it could be a yearly event. 500 Tickets are available for the first year, growing to 800 tickets in year 2 if first year is successful, If you would like to go then put your requirement for tickets on the event poll at the link at bottom of this page.
Tickets will be £30 per person
So sat peacefully watching tele, half way through my first can of Belgian white wine and the news refers to the Royal Navy stables, wtf? Sea horses maybe?
Anyway for a start let's cut that, my list of cuts tradition has stopped us from making, none of which would effect Army capability:
Have just one large regiment of foot guards
Funding the ACF
Sell town centre AR centre, build cheap properly designed ones out of town.
Get rid of all the horses
50% reduction in OF5 +
Blue helicopter thingy.
Spect this will go exactly as I think
Well, it was kind of inevitable I suppose but it seems that two paratroopers who allegedly shot Joe McCann as he fled from the RUC in 1972 have been charged.
Ex-para who may face court over IRA man's death slams justice system - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
Shame our wonderful politicians didn't make sure that the GFA amnesty didn't cover all participants and all crimes whether charges had been brought or not. We'd have had to suck up a couple of their murdering bastards getting away scot free but it would have nipped this bullshit in the bud.
Douglas Murray summed it up perfectly in the Spectator:-
Tony Blair's IRA amnesty should also apply to British soldiers | Coffee House
A2020 Refine seems to have been published, with a statement from Fallon here:
Strategic Defence and Security Review - Army:Written statement - HCWS367
Hard to interpret some of the detail, but it seems as though KRH are changing role and will form part of the first strike brigade. It's not clear if the HCR will need to change role to form the Lt Cav element of that brigade as well.
HQ 102 Log Bde, 32 Reg RA, 35 Eng Regt, Headquarters 64 Works Gp RE, 2 Med Reg, Headquarters 4 Regt RMP, 33 Field Hospital and 104,105 and 106 Bn REME are all being removed from the orbat.
Two additional reserve battalions and two infantry battalions becoming specialist. In both cases one of them is RIFLES, because this is a Carter plan and he's as tribal as they come.
Gents, spurred on by the thread about Normandy, I thought I'd start a separate thread to post various memories of stories told to us by our grandparents (or parents in some cases) about what they got up to during the war. I'm probably the last generation of kids who went to school and played 'war' at primary school and told stories of what my grandad did in the war to try and sound cooler than other kids grandparents.
These stories now run the risk of being lost as oral history. So here are a few of my own families stories relating to a Rifleman - feel free to add your own! The stories below are recorded with the IWM, so if you still have elderly relatives from WW2 who like talking about their experience, give the IWM a shout so that they can capture their memories for posterity too.
My grandfather served as an enlisted member of the Rifle Brigade from 40-46 and saw action in Africa, Italy and Northern Europe before finishing the war in Germany. Growing up, I was told many...
Once again the COs have broken into their piggy banks and come up with some Wonga to pay for Amazon Vouchers as prizes in the Grand Christmas Draw. As ever the Draw is open to everyone who is a participant on ARRSE, Rum Ration or Rear Party which is why you are asked for your username and the site you lurk in mostly.
The Prizes are similar to last year in such as way as they are the same:
First Prize: £100 of Amazon Vouchers
Second Prize: £40 of Amazon Vouchers
Third Prize: £20 of Amazon Vouchers
To enter all one has to do is enter here and complete the form. I would ask that you are fair and don’t give away the answers to any of the questions you are required to complete correctly to have a chance of winning.
The Draw will be open until some point on 26th December 2016 and the winners announced soon after closing – or when the COs sober up, whichever is the soonest.
Good Luck and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the COs, and all that usual rubbish....
As is well known, certain Corps and Regiments consider certain other Corps and Regiments to be socially - or intellectually - inferior and generate some superb insults from that worldview.
These range from the high camp snobbery of an exquisite Grenadier who, upon hearing that their Royal Highnesses Princes William and Harry had commissioned into the Blues and Royals - "oh, my dear, a Parliamentarian regiment, really?", through snappy terms like 'the People's Cavalry' for the RTR, to the assertion, of a decent (then) County Regiment that "they don't have an MO, they have a botanist".
I'd be interested to hear any other snappy one-liners or hugely abusive (but witty) insults bandied around.
-- Glad (Green Slime, Kermit's Rangers, Muppets, etc (retired))
Having recently read the Paddy Ashdown book about Operation FRANKTON I have been wondering if any military Operation was as bonkers as this one.
Telling your blokes that they're going to canoe ?80 miles up an enemy-held river, known to be defended, and stick mines on some ships. Oh, did I mention you need to make your own way back chaps?
The only other one that rivals it IMO is Op CHARIOT - ramming a ship packed full of explosives (HMS Campbeltown) into the dock gates of St Nazaire, shooting the place up, and setting a delay fuse...
That somebody even thought these up is amazing enough. That people carried them out is just astonishing.
Any other Operations with this level of astonishing, wonderful madness - for want of a better word?
COCKLESHELL HEROES,OPERATION FRANKTON,
While our lovely Western media are riveted to a TV debate about the US Election, in a far off corner of the world
" a country of which the British people know little - and care less "
this is where we are as at 10 October 2016.
Taliban fighters push into Helmand capital Lashkar Gah - BBC News
The BBC's South Asia correspondent, Jill McGivering, said the fall of the city would be a "symbolic disaster" for government forces and the international community.
"For the past fifteen years, Lashkar Gah has been held up by the west as a safe, protected seat of government - a focus for international development, a weapon in the battle for hearts and minds," she said.
"In terms of its propaganda value too, the government and its backers simply can't afford to lose it."
Taliban assault on Kunduz sparks exit of MSF staff
The Taliban’s offensive comes a day before the kick-off of a big conference in Brussels, where foreign donors will pledge aid to Afghanistan for the next four years....
In the past 5 years, sales of men’s footwear have risen by nearly 10%, and British men are now spending £1.46billion a year on shoes. Perhaps unsurprisingly, British women spend more on their footwear - £2.39 billion per year. Footwear is clearly something we are all prepared to invest in and enjoy buying.
According to the UK College of Podiatry, there are 44 million working days lost each year and women having approximately four times as many foot problems as men; a contributing factor is the wearing of high heel shoes. In a further survey by the College, many admitted to buying ill fitting shoes, mostly unintentionally but sometimes for fashion. The foot contains 26 bones and the shape, ligaments and muscles are designed to withstand the movement of everyday life but this protection is threatened by the wrong choice of footwear. How does this impact long term health, and can it be avoided?
Wearing footwear that does not provide adequate protection can lead to...
What is it?
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) is a no fault Government scheme providing compensation for injuries caused wholly or in part by service or which are made worse by service on or after 6 April 2005.
The scheme does not distinguish between injuries suffered on operations, training, service-approved sports or whilst exercising to maintain military fitness. This is because, as member of the Armed Forces, you have no choice over where you deploy or the activities you are asked to do.
Making an AFCS Claim
Veterans UK, part of the Ministry of Defence, are responsible for administering the Scheme. Once an application is made the Scheme says that it is up to you to prove your case both in terms of the injury being caused by service and also the nature and severity of the injury. In our experience it can be difficult to find the evidence needed to prove the full extent of an injury.
Although you could make a claim through the AFCS on your own, using a solicitor...
George Hamilton, aka techno-spastic, died at the weekend.
Ex-RGBW and then Rifles, George had a few tours under his belt and was a severe PTSD sufferer. He’d been ill for some time.
George was a nice guy, even through his troubles, and I’m glad he was a friend. For those who knew him when he was in, know that he retained his sense of humour right to the end. I’m sorry it turned out this way.
I shall follow with funeral details when I have them.
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