Not exactly 'who?', but 'where' has ARRSE been?

Also of interest is where and when ARRSE has made the news. If anyone could give details of any newspaper articles, TV slots etc that ARRSE has been in it would be appreciated. I know that they're probably all mentioned somewhere in the site already, but it would make my life a lot easier to put them in one place here.

Another one, if anybody fancies giving us a little press coverage in whatever form, we won't complain! I may even be persuaded to crawl from under my stone as a result.
Your wish is my command....

Sunday Express

August 22, 2004


LENGTH: 1490 words



BRITISH soldiers are renowned for their sense of humour as much as their fighting skills. But the announcement last month that the size of the Army is to be cut, while front-line ships, submarines, RAF squadrons and aircraft are axed, has taxed even this legendary quality - though not entirely.

In the cyberspace world where squaddies go to complain, 90 per cent of those polled on one Army website last week agreed with the proposition that Tony Blair "is scum" - hardly what the Prime Minister needs to hear, as he contemplates sending them to new trouble spots around the world.

A more sophisticated contributor to the Army Rumour Service left a satirical memo purporting to explain the real meaning of the defence reorganisation.

It defines "flexible" as "smaller", "agile" as "really, really small" and Britain's global "reach" as "the distance the Americans are willing to fly us".

When MPs return to Parliament in two weeks' time, one of the top issues will be Britain's place in the world and how the changes to the Armed Forces will affect it. Last week, President Bush announced that he was withdrawing up to 70,000 troops from Germany and another 30,000 from South Korea - evidence that even the US military is overstretched.

Many defence insiders think that the time has come for Britain to consider the "posture" of its military deployments and are openly questioning whether Tony Blair's ambitious foreign policy is viable.

The first shot across the bows was fired by the UK's top defence historian, Sir John Keegan, who warned: "The expectation that Tommy Atkins will always appear to confront tribal militias or Islamic dissidents brings back the idea of the British Empire. That is scarcely what New Labour wants. If it does, it should be ready to pay."

So is he right, or can the Prime Minister continue to have his foreign policy cake, while the Treasury eats the slice handed out to the MoD?

The answer is that Britain's military footprint is already changing. The UK has nearly 23,000 troops in Germany and other sizeable garrisons in Cyprus, the Falklands, Brunei and Gibraltar, as well as Canada, Diego Garcia, Belize and Kenya. Troops are also still deployed in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Afghanistan - and 10,000 of them are in Iraq.

The link between politics and troop deployments is most acute in Ulster, where the MoD and No 10 are desperate to withdraw forces, but the fragility of the peace process means cuts are likely in Germany and the Balkans.

Unlike the US, which is building new bases in eastern Europe and the "Stans" of central Asia, where the war on Al Qaeda is being fought, Britain needs its troops back, to make sure it can perform current tasks effectively.

But the Sunday Express can reveal that new analysis of MoD papers proves that the defence cuts are due to be even more damaging than at first feared.

Damning analysis to be published this week by Aerospace International, the magazine of the Royal Aeronautical Society, exposes how the RAF is planning to have just half as many fast jet crews as it has been promised aircraft.

The author, Richard Gardner, says it is proof that the MoD will have to sell off a large batch of the new Eurofighter jets and cut the orders for the US F-35 Joint Combat Aircraft.

In his analysis, Mr Gardner notes:

"UK air power is being reduced on a scale that has previously been considered unimaginable.

"Assuming both these two new combat aircraft programmes remain at the core of MoD future planning, and are not in turn reduced, then the RAF/RN should end up with receiving no less than 382 new fast jet platforms. The 100 plus Tornado GR4/4As are also due to continue so that adds up to a potential fast jet fleet of around 482.

Yet, according to the defence statement, only around 225 fast jet crews will be needed to fly them!

"The whole exercise is clearly cost, rather than threat, driven. For example, why has the perceived air defence threat been so downgraded, bearing in mind the vastly increased air threat from terrorists post 9/11."

Mr Gardner told the Sunday Express:

"Among many of the Services personnel I speak to there is frustration that the government has got away with it, while Mr Blair continues to make demands that sound imperial."

Tory defence spokesman Gerald Howarth said: "It is a scandal. The government is sacrificing today's capability for future capability that has not yet been ordered or is still not off the drawing board."

It is in the Royal Navy, once the buttress of Britannia's glory, that the cuts are already having an effect on Britain's global military "footprint" and the effectiveness of foreign policy.

The Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Alan West, has announced that Britain is withdrawing from the standing Naval Force Atlantic, a move that has angered the Americans and bewildered other European nations who have long seen the Royal Navy as the benchmark for their own standards.

Admiral West has said that to perform the current tasks of the Royal Navy he needs 30 escort ships - frigates and destroyers.

After the cuts, he has 25.

Commander Rod Craig, Naval analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, said: "What we have now is a world where the emphasis is not on medium to high-intensity operations against enemies with similar levels of kit, but low-intensity counter insurgency, counter terrorism operations.

"Like having bobbies on the beat to cut crime, the most effective way of carrying out these operations is troops to patrol on land, and ships to patrol the seas.

"The decision to get rid of three of the older Type 42 destroyers was explained because they have less capability than the new Type 45s but for these types of operations - boarding, searching and patrolling - they are just as good.

"We are also losing three frigates and three submarines, which will mean that the number of Naval tasks we can perform will be trimmed."

The same is true of the Army, which announced it was losing 3,500 men and a day later said that 5,000 troops would be put on standby to go to Sudan and 10,000 to cover in the event of new fire strikes.

Cdr Craig said: " If you apply the ratio of known terrorists to soldiers in Northern Ireland, to Iraq there would be 500,000 troops there. There are about 170,000. The Americans said they were going to reduce them to 100,000, but they have had to go up to 140,000."

The cuts are predicated on the future arrival of new high-tech equipment that will enable Britain to fight big wars alongside the Americans, while conducting small and medium scale wars effectively alone but there are doubts that much of it will ever arrive. Rod Craig calls the MoD's record on procurement as "execrable".

That is bad news for the Navy, which has stomached the cuts because it has been promised two new aircraft carriers. Neither has been ordered.

Cdr Craig is doubtful that new kit is the complete answer.

"It doesn't have to be high-tech to be effective, " he said. "One of the most important tasks the Navy is engaged in is anti-drug operations in the Caribbean but it has been asking for long-range wavepiercing craft like those used by the SBS for years, to no avail."

The most important question, to which we do not yet know the answer, is how the defence cuts will not only make it more difficult to carry out foreign policy but actually create political problems for the politicians and diplomats.

Cdr Craig said: "The signal this sends is the same signal that was sent to the Argentinian government when we withdrew HMS Endurance from the Falkland Islands patrol before the war."

The Falklands are no better defended than 20 years ago and it would be impossible to send a task force to reclaim them again.

So how does the Government think it can cope with smaller armed forces? Foreign Policy Centre's Mark Leonard argues that foreign-policy goals can be achieved by means other than military force. Peacekeeping may need boots on the ground but they don't need to be British boots.

Mr Leonard said: "It's not a neoimperial strategy. Blair has been calling for improvements in European defence capability and through Nato Britain has been helping to drive the process. There are now 70,000 European troops deployed on every continent.

"The Government realises it is optimal to build capability at a regional level in different parts of the world.

"Kosovo was popular because it was evidence of the Europeans stepping in to deal with a problem in their own backyard. There was a British presence during the trouble in East Timor but most of that was handled by the Australians and Asian troops from the region.

"In Sierra Leone, British troops did the hard fighting and then paved the way for African peacekeepers. Iraq was the exception, not the rule. The solution is not a massive imperial Army."

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Training Magazine

May 1, 2004

SECTION: Feature; Pg. 19

LENGTH: 1929 words

HEADLINE: Learning onthe frontline;
The objectives of the Army's Educational and Training Services have their parallels in Civvy Street. Brigadier Mark Filler explains his definitions of empowerment, self-sufficiency and learning for life to Sue Weekes

BYLINE: Mark Filler



Command Leadership and Management (CLM) is a new course introduced in January for all non-commissioned officers (NCOs). "The Army is known for its leadership in the field, but we were finding that this wasn't transferring back to the barracks," adds Colonel Chris Caswell, chief of staff of the Educational and Training Services (ETS) Branch of the Adjutant General's Corps.

The course took three years to develop and was built from scratch with the best management and leadership thinking available. It is designed to give soldiers a toolkit of practices and procedures as they progress through the ranks from Lance Corporal to Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1), the highest rank a soldier can reach. Content is mapped onto national standards including BTEC and NVQ and runs from GCSE right up to postgraduate level.

The course is delivered through a combination of education and training to prepare a soldier for promotion to the next rank. The Army aims to put 7,500 soldiers through modules of the course each year. Although it's still early days as far as feedback is concerned, the Army 'rumour service' website has featured positive discussion about CLM at soldier level.

In effect, it is HR management training for the soldier, says Caswell, stressing that it is fairly 'ground-breaking stuff' for the Army.

"We're very excited about it," he says. "Modules in the course include change management and 360-degree appraisals - a radical concept for such a hierarchical organisation."

LOAD-DATE: June 4, 2004


If only it were true...

(thanks fs)

(written by GCO - for some reason my name isn't showing - codename 'drunkinspaincositsafiestatomorrow" should be enough to convince those in the know)
I have recently been asked if I would write an article for the BeeB..............however my last published effort to the Telegraph although the main effort left me in a world of sh*t :cry: :wink:

I forgot the letters Rtd.............. :D Not that I am but hey it would have thrown the scent...........oy live and learn 8)
Don't forget Libby of course

Not sure where the link is onthis site ,Bernoulli knows ,cos she fancies him :D


The PS2(A) speaker on the Adjts course at Worthy Down recomends using ARRSE to keep up to date with the current thinking of the troops!!!


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Well, it 's been a few places but is always best placed against the wall.
It is refreshing to hear from somone who has actually been there :twisted: :wink:

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