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I've restarted my blog recently and took advantage of a lazy sunday to pull together a piece on the challenges facing the British Army - Thin Pinstriped Line: How Do You Solve a Problem Like a Deployable Division?
Essentially asking whether a deployable Division is the right solution for the Army or if other change is needed. Thought some of you may be interested...
On BBC this evening at the Menin Gate. Attended by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Belgian Royalty and Theresa May. Sir Tim Lawrence also in attendace representing CWGC.
Well organised by the Belgians and carried off with much dignity befitting the occasion.
Cannot ever see Steptoe carrying off something like this with the dignity such an occasion demands.
One can never envisage the scale of the loss of WW1 until they have seen the size of Tyne Cot Cemetary.
The review of the Keela Saxon jacket is up. Get in there, have a read and post in the comments section of the review and have a shot at the competition where you can win your very own Saxon!
COMPETITION TIME: We've established that Keela have a fairly arrse-like sense of humour. So.
We've noted that the Saxon can get a bit hot and moist when running. Name another activity you could use the Saxon for that'd also end up with you hot and moist.
READ THE REVIEW
This recent example of Arrse expertise by Riddickculouse got me thinking
Incident at Castle Martin 14-06-2017
At some stage in the near future, a space exploration vehicle of previously unheard of design crash lands on an as yet undiscovered planet, and makes big news. Within days of this event, on Arrse we will have:
1. Several people who have first hand experience of the design and operation of this space exploration vehicle arguing violently on the exact details of the crash landing.
2. Bobthebuilder telling us that he had board level, cock on block P&L responsibility for a major project on this new planet just after he left the army, and has in fact just set up a new venture there using non-standard employment patterns of the gig economy and portfolio careers.
3. Stonker telling us that the leaders of this new planet are doomed to failure because they all went to schools that he doesn't approve of, and that they have ignored all of his expert advice.
4. At least 4...
Polls are due to close and all will be revealed in the next few hours.
The GE thread is huge but now out of date so here is a new one to discuss (remember this is CA so no fun) the consequences of the result!
Labour win!!! ? FFS let me out of here.
Tory win but not with any real increase in majority - PMTM becomes ex-PMTM.
Tories with huge majority - all benefits stopped, tax cuts for anyone with a Tory party membership card. Donations to Tory HQ repaid £ for £ through tax rebates!
Hung parliament and we all go through this again in October/November!
First, let us acknowledge our supreme overlord, Virobono, who continues his quest to remove any interesting thread started in CA.
The Times, amongst others, are reporting that the promise to maintain overall Defence personnel numbers, rather than the Army's 82k presages a probably cut in Pongos to c62k.
Opinions, thoughts, abuse of VB, in your own time carry on.
Officers are preparing to reduce the size of the army to as little as 65,000 after the Conservatives dropped a pledge to maintain the force at its target of 82,000, The Times understands.
Options being considered within the military include reducing the army by 17,000 personnel to less than two thirds of the size of the French army and only slightly bigger than Germany’s land force, according to two defence sources.
A third source said that “contingency plans” were being prepared in case the army was cut to 60,000 or 70,000. Officials were even asked this year to consider the implications of a full-time army of as few...
No, it's not a trip to Peru.
Click below to read the review, answer the question at the bottom and you might win a pair of Peru trousers with insect shield from Keela! Or you might not. I am known to be quite flexible when it comes to cash advances.
Peru trousers review
Who is or was the greatest British Reservist (Regular Reserve / Militia / TF / TA / Army Reserve?
Whose Reserve service (twice a citizen etc) made the greatest contribution to the nation or a particular conflict or action?
Serious answers only please. (No @Bravo_Bravo its not you! Or me for that matter).
Well, not as such, but . . .
The following BBC headline caught my attention:
Germany searches all army barracks for Nazi material - BBC News
"Inspections have been ordered at every German army barracks, after Nazi-era memorabilia was found at two of them.
The defence ministry said the command came from the inspector general of the Bundeswehr (Germany's armed forces).
All barracks will be searched for material linked to the Wehrmacht, the army which served Adolf Hitler. . ."
I found this intriguing as, on my last visit to Infanterieschule Hammelburg the emphasis (certainly in the museum) was to avoid like the plague anything remotely resembling the Swastika: all period uniforms and decals, papers, banners and flags had the Hakenkreuz covered, in line with German law.
However, the other historical emblems and ceremonies associated with the German/Prussian Army (particularly, the Infantry) seemed to dodge the bullet. One example being the Oath of Allegiance, sworn before the...
For anyone who knew AAGF I regret to inform you of his passing.
Andy passed away last night peacefully in his sleep.
He was a great friend a gentleman and one of life's great characters, with a warm heart and an open house for all his friends.
I for one will miss him dearly after staying with his partner and him for a wonderful holiday in Florida where he retired too.
He was originally from the Kyle of Lochalsh in Scotland.
ARRSE won't be the same without you.
Up to 50 cruise missiles targeting a Syrian airbase in response to chemical attacks, announced on the BBC website at 02:30.
Oh heck, what will this lead to over the coming days, a shedload of grief I imagine?
Trump did seem to be cosying up to Vladimir Putin recently, I do wonder if the Russians will respond with words or actions.
Syria war: US launches missile strikes following chemical 'attack' - BBC News
ETA. This has already been mentioned on the Syria thread, so Mods please delete if you wish.
Now, call me a non-conformist, carrier hating crustacean. However, despite this doubtless getting a stiff ignoring in the press, I'd see the arrival of RFA Tidespring as being every bit as important to UK Defence as the impending QE trials!
Incidentally, will the wardroom in the ship be called 'The MARS Bar'?
Launched this morning at 00.01hrs.
Transition, intervention and liaison mental health service for armed forces personnel approaching discharge and veterans
On 1 April 2017, NHS England launched the transition, intervention and liaison (TIL) mental health service for armed forces personnel approaching discharge and veterans.
The following providers have been appointed to deliver this service under a three year contract:
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (covering Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and the South West of England) Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (covering South East of England and London) Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (covering the Midlands and East of England) Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (covering the North of England).
Glad to see its NHS run as I am a firm believer it should be rather than charity led.
Guido breaking news
Man Shot at Parliament - Guido Fawkes
And no I'm not speculating on anything....
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