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Story today alleging that the Chancellor has been putting about 50k as the end state for the regular Army. Plenty of reaction against this reported, with comparisons to European armies used as justification as to why not.
Chancellor Philip Hammond angers defence chiefs by telling PM the Army only needs 50,000 troops — and that's smaller than Germany's
Two things emerge for me. The first is cost. The fall in the value of the pound has squeezed procurement budgets considerably and people are expensive; who will pay more tax to keep the Army at current levels ?
Second is historical; a large standing Army is very much a post war phenomenon. For much of the history of the UK the regular Army was a small affair, kept to march up and down Whitehall and show the flag every now and again. A loose Reserve was kept as an insurance policy but the focus of defence spending was very much teh Navy, being an island and all that.
Here it is folks, the thread you have been waiting a year for (literally). The annual Christmas Draw which the COs in their infinite beneficence are bringing to you yet again.
The Draw can be entered here: Christmas Draw
The prizes, as ever are Amazon vouchers to the value:
1st Prize: £100
2nd Prize: £40
This is open to all with just a few exceptions, Good CO, Bad CO and Auld-Yin. Everyone else is eligible even those nominated for SPOTY 2017
It's a question I've been struggling with for a while.
More accurately, I'm struggling to think of a single example of where the RoI has acted as a decent neighbour. Perhaps I'm missing something. It's pretty easy to identify acts of neighbourliness by the UK Gov't towards the RoI, a recent example being the UK lending RoI £80bn during the financial crisis far quicker, and on more generous terms, than the ECB, in order that the place not fall over.
The acts of hostility from the RoI towards the UK are legion, but can somebody help me out with examples of the opposite?
Don't want to jump the gun too much, but looks like the game might be afoot down in Harare town this afternoon. Tanks on their way in apparently and military road blocks according to Reuters et al.
The beginning of the end, the end of the beginning, or the start of something worse?
It’s not uncommon for arrsers to come out with “I’m in Timbuktu for the weekend any recommends for things to see and do?” That I thought I’d start a places to go and things to do thread....
Following up with an Arrse score what recommendations have you got?
This weekend I went to the Dads Army museum in Thetford.....
Quite good, bit heavy on scripts and photos, but nice and chintzy with a lovely war time cafe.
They even do a tour of sites used for filming!
And a Capt Mainwaring statue to have your photo taken with.....
Arrse Score? 8/10
Would I go again? Yes
Ending “trophy wife” Defence Procurement.
In the last 30 years the thought focus of militaries around the world, especially the Cold War participants on all facets of that construct, have increasingly seen the future of defence as being a route paved with capital spend on “trophy wife” projects. Current beautiful “trophy wives” doing the rounds include F35, HMS Queen Elizabeth and Boxer.
These “trophy wife” projects have many common points that have blinded a generation of military leaders with the dazzle of high specifications promising world-beating capability in a single, very expensive package. Yet we can see by analysing the time period in question that “trophy wife” procurement creates illogical envy amongst a nation’s military forces and of course nations find “trophy wife” programmes are never a one off. If the Navy have one then the Air Force and Army start demanding their “trophy wife.” Soon the Government realise that procurement is just like Mum’s box of chocolates on...
Further to the exciting, latest Navy Sex Scandal on (in?) HMS Vigilant, which involved people being, erm, relieved, an even bigger row seems to have been kicked-off by the issue of a "direct order" to the ship's company to delete their private social media accounts, according to that bastion of human rights, the Daily Express.
I see the Army CoffeeGate scandal (the one about the biscuits) & raise you the Naval SocialMediaGate.
After all, it's 'uman Rights, innit?
A new review has been created: Olight M23 Javelot Torch - With COMPETITION!
Torch Direct have unfortunately been unable to provide an M23 Javelot to give away as part of our usual review competition..... They've instead gone one better and given us the Olight R50 Seeker! More expensive, more powerful, more streamlined. Very kind of them indeed.
To get your grubby mits on this, simply post in the comments below your answer to the following:
You're in a dark, small room with no way out. You fumble for your M23 and flick it on. What's the last thing you'd ever want to see lit up in front of you?
Competition will end on Monday the 9th of October. Get your answers in below!
Olight are a well known brand of Chinese torch manufacturers, with a broad range of products and they excel in very powerful light outputs in small form torches. The M23 Javelot follows the same pattern of being powerful and robust, without being overly cumbersome or expensive.
The M23 comes in a...
Breaking on twitter - CGS has confirmed in Chatham House speech plan to call up Regular Reserves to augment army. No word on whether this mandatory or voluntary.
If after multiple years of 'Army 2020' the end result is that you are having to call up to Regular Army Reserve to fill holes in manpower, then that is a fairly damning indictment on what a failure Army 2020 has been.
Latest from todays times (behind paywall) is 2 MCMV to go several years earlier than planned, entire Lynx SF force to go, exercises in Kenya and Canada to be reduced and other cuts likely. This is probably just the beginning...
Another first credited to the light blue. Good luck to those joining the RAF Regiment, the spotlight will be upon you.
The Navy is already accepting applications for the Royal Marines Commandos, with 17 in the pipeline, incidentally.
The Royal Air Force has become the first branch of the British military to open up every role to men and women.
From today it will accept applications from women to join the RAF Regiment - its ground-fighting force.
The move follows a decision last year to lift the ban on females serving in close combat roles.
The main role of the 2,000-strong RAF Regiment, which sustained casualties in Afghanistan, is to patrol and protect RAF bases and airfields.
RAF's close combat unit opens to women
Edit, just realised, duplicated thread. Apologies, mods please delete....
I am starting this thread to save diverting the Brexit thread any further, I am interested in the opportunities that AI could give us.
A few links for starters.
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I'm a trustee of the charity Serve On, which has an established & well-regarded International Response Team along with its growing domestically-focussed Community Resilience Team. This team has deployed to India, Pakistan, Haiti and Nepal in recent years. It is no disaster tourist organisation, and is trained and equipped for life-saving and capacity building. The IRT is seeking new blood, with open days being held on 2 & 9 September at Chilmark near Salisbury. Have a look at the link below for details.
The Bell Inn – Wendens Ambo near Saffron Walden is having a beer festival/hog roast/other stuff all weekend. Money raised over the weekend is going to the Felix Fund and Riding for the Disabled. It's a good old fashioned village beer pub with a great atmosphere and military humour is entirely accepted, and it's just up the road from Carver Barracks. Anyone in the area who fancies a pint should pop over. @dingerr
You could win a pair of these tactical boots worth £144.90!
Just watch the review, and the competition video at the end to find out how. Wooooo!
PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR ANSWERS TO THE COMPETITION HERE, PUT THEM IN THE REVIEW SECTION.
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