Interested to know your views

#1
I am grateful to the Army Rumour Service for allowing me to joining this forum.

I am a journalist currently looking into the pressures faced by UK servicemen. My interest was stimulated by, among other things, recent MoD figures which show a sharp increase in the number of Awol cases, and a decrease in recruitment.

In order to better understand these pressures, I’m keen to hear directly from ex-servicemen and their families, either anonymously via this forum, or by email.

I am very aware that servicemen tend to be very wary of the media. Any of you who consider responding may therefore be interested to see a similar string I started on MoD Oracle last week, see: http://www.modoracle.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=1112&PN=0&TPN=1

Many thanks,

John.
 
#9
JohnA said:
I am a journalist currently looking into the pressures faced by UK servicemen. My interest was stimulated by, among other things, recent MoD figures which show a sharp increase in the number of Awol cases, and a decrease in recruitment.

In order to better understand these pressures, I’m keen to hear directly from ex-servicemen and their families
Isn't that a bit like saying in order to better understand the pressures faced by University Students that you're keen to talk to Graduates and their Work Colleagues?

We really appreciate your openness JohnA but I can't help feeling that some poor ex-squaddie is going to become the butt of around a week's worth of jokes on ARRSE when you headline with, "I Left the Army Because it Was Cr4p"
 
#10
JohnA said:
I am very aware that servicemen tend to be very wary of the media. Any of you who consider responding may therefore be interested to see a similar string I started on MoD Oracle last week, see: http://www.modoracle.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=1112&PN=0&TPN=1

Many thanks,

John.
I don't think the users on MoD Oracle are necessarily as representative of the Service community as those on Arrse. I should treat any responses you might elicit with a degree of caution.

As to persuading anyone here to talk to a journalist, good luck. Bear in mind that "journalist" is normally said around here in the same tone you would hear "paedophile", "lawyer" or "estate agent".

A good approach might be to contact one of the moderators around here and try to establish some bona fides.
 
#11
the reasons for dissolusionment are fairly obvious - and they there are all over the site - the destruction of what passes for family life by back-to-back tours, bad housing/accomodation, a profound lack of faith in the political and military leadership and the political and legal process, bad equipment and the (relatively) glittering rewards on the outside.

sorry you're getting the cold shoulder, odd that many of those who protest loudest when a journo turns up are those who also complain bitterly about the above and wonder why nothing gets done about it.
 
#13
JohnA said:
I am a journalist currently looking into the pressures faced by UK servicemen.
Normally, being mostly ground troops, we have to deal with nominal atmospheric pressure of 1 000 mbar. This can vary +- 150pa during a day, dependant on weather. Although, you could consult a local physics department in order to gain a more technical answer to the pressures that inhabit the atmosphere (they take into account differential pressures when calculating).

Although I can't see why it would make for an interesting artical, but I'm no journalist I guess.
 
#14
Abacus, as you know, those currently serving are not allowed to contact the media without permission, so I don't want to put anyone in a difficult position. Re your other point, I presume members won't say anything so lame.

Glad its all over, I'm well aware of the low esteem in which the media is held by servicemen - but I can but try to engage with them directly. I have already contacted one of the moderators, who was happy for me to post on the site. As for my bona fides, see the Mod Oracle string.
 
#15
John A - just had a look at the MODOracle site - it is the poor mans Arrse by looks of it. No wonder you have joined us over here at the big hoose !!
 
#16
just a guess, but poor pay and conditions, lack of support from the civvies, even less support from our political masters, overstretch, the courts picking apart your every decision to see if there's any chance of dragging you in front of a court martial, declining standards/nepotism in the Officer Corps (OCdt Harry "Sicknote" Wales for instance). It's unsuprising the soldiery is starting to get a bit hacked off.

Toms love a good whinge, it's part of the deal. But when it comes down to it you crack on and do the job with what you've got. In recent years we've started to feel like it's an exercise in "How much can we take away before the Army starts to fail" on the part of TFB and MOD alike.
 
#17
Coincidentally, there was a big thing in Part One Orders today warning service personnel about speaking to the press and to MPs and MEPs. I will not reproduce it here because it is classified as restricted; interestingly it seems to go further than the usual repeat orders, in that it warns individuals about communicating with MPs where the subject might conflict with govt policy or where it may prove embarrassing to the govt. It is also forbidden to discuss 'politically controversial topics' in public. The government assures everyone that their 'proper interests will always be safeguarded'. How very Soviet.

I would not be surprised to find that many no longer believe that their 'proper interests will always be safeguarded'. Thankfully, as I am no longer serving I can be as critical of the Dear Leader and the shameful curs and lickspittles who make up his government as I like.

Were anyone to be subject to discip proceedings under the above instructions, I wonder how they would define 'politically controversial topics' - going to war on the basis of a lie, perhaps? Cutting defence spending whilst increasing military tasking? Stating that you have ensured those on ops can vote whilst in fact disenfranchising them? Appeasing terrorists, spouting about normalisation and cutting troop numbers in NI? Next, what can they imagine could be discussed that would be embarrassing to the government? Ministers lying about letters they wrote? Or using their position to get visas quickly? Or sleeping with other men's wives? Or just fcuking up the economy and the country generally?

How long till there is a pogrom?
 
#18
Interesting, so I can vote, but can not write to my MP? I seem to remember writing to urge her to vote against the War in Iraq (she ignored me anyway, she is one of Tony's biatches) sorry but that has to be bollox? Anyone know which QR details what you can and can not write to your MP about?
 
#19
Jailor -

References are:

A. MML, Part 1 Chap 1.
B. QRs 1975. Para J12.015, J12.016 & J5.581

J5.581 is the 'regular personnel are not to take any active part in the affairs of any political organisation, party or movement' piece so well known to those involved in the ARRSE electoral registration campaign. Interestingly, this paragraph is now "to be taken to include lobbying MPs or MEPs on the above matters."

Edited to add the paragraph numbers and clarification
 
#20
Viro
could it be that your orderly dog couldn't be bothered to write orders today and just 'cut and pasted' a large section of George Orwells 1984 onto the headed page instead to give everyone a bit of variety??!!
 

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