Panorama 20:30 hrs Mon 26 Mar 07

#1
"Soldiers on the run: Investigation into the increasing numbers of British soldiers returning from Iraq and going AWOL, rather than facing life in the British Army"

Should be interesting, as the only clip shown on the Beeb news, was of an individual who's reasons for going AWOL were the boring tasks, done in Bks.

Now they're one thing I don't miss about the job, but going AWOL, for sweeping leaves/painting vehicles etc I don't think so.

Watch and shoot !!!
 
#3
AWOL records are never deleted.

So goodness knows where they're coming from.

Remember these are statistics i.e. Lies and Damned Lies.

Anyone out there got access to CCRIO, to give us the actual figure AWOL since sand replaced painting dry grass green etc
 
#4
D.I.S.C.O said:
"Soldiers on the run: Investigation into the increasing numbers of British soldiers returning from Iraq and going AWOL, rather than facing life in the British Army"

Should be interesting, as the only clip shown on the Beeb news, was of an individual who's reasons for going AWOL were the boring tasks, done in Bks.

Now they're one thing I don't miss about the job, but going AWOL, for sweeping leaves/painting vehicles etc I don't think so.

Watch and shoot !!!
Yeah should be interesting. I've never tolerated anyone who goes AWOL, most of the ones I came across used family problems as an excuse hoping they would get sympathy.

We all had to do the mundane boring tasks in camp - same as any job really. Defo not an excuse to go AWOL tho.

I expect the BBC editing team has done a bit of overtime with this one - we'll see.

BT. :shakefist:
 
#5
Here's what the blurb for the programme says

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"In fact, operations in Iraq have had no discernable impact on the overall AWOL rate. The number of new AWOL cases has declined over the past two years. In 2006, the military had its lowest number of AWOL cases for seven years . . . .

. . . . . Some individuals abscond on multiple occasions. As a result, the total number of AWOL cases is higher than the number of individuals who go AWOL."
 
#6
Just watched BBC six news about this, they interviewed some bloke who was AWOL, sat in the back of a VW Golf, and first clip had number plate blurred, on second clip there it was in full view, surely a mistake by the BBC, anyone know if th eold bill can use this to pick him up :?:

Second bloke went AWOL due to being on Queen's Guard, back to back Exercises and due to the fact that his Gran had died, so he took matters into his own hands. :frustrated:
 
#7
Like the bit about the army's prison in Colchester :D

When I was there, I was told it wasn't a prison; it is a Miltary Corrective Training Centre :thumright: :D Still had bars though.
 
#8
D.I.S.C.O said:
Anyone out there got access to CCRIO, to give us the actual figure AWOL since sand replaced painting dry grass green etc
Those figures will never be released, but this just say they don't match with the figures quoted by the BBC. I'm also happy to add, that to provided enough bed spaces at the Motor Cycle Training Centre. They would need to first empty it, with no new admissions except those listed as of today and running it on a 28 release day cycle, the place would still be full of Absentees in over 8 years time!!!
 
#9
Andy_Caps_Commando said:
Just watched BBC six news about this, they interviewed some bloke who was AWOL, sat in the back of a VW Golf, and first clip had number plate blurred, on second clip there it was in full view, surely a mistake by the BBC, anyone know if th eold bill can use this to pick him up :?:
Noticed that too.

I suspect a PNC check will be done on it, regardless, and either the Old Bill or Local RMP will be knocking on a door.

Good drills BBC, compromise their own, or 'accidentally' revealing Pte Anon's PERSEC.
 
#10
Another classic non-story based on manipulated facts and limited investigation.....

.....but don't let the truth get in the way of a good headline, hey BBC?
 
#11
jonny3979 said:
Another classic non-story based on manipulated facts and limited investigation.....

.....but don't let the truth get in the way of a good headline, hey BBC?
Seen it in advance, eh?

I prefer to wait : then I can throw better-aimed brickbats.
 
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#14
"Why you sleeping in the back garden son?"

"Cos it fecking stinks of brummie pi55"...........would have been my reply!
 
#16
Seems the Beeb are mainly focusing on soldiers coming back from Iraq & PTSD & the Tenuos link with the 20 Scots regiment & drugs.The answers by the senior officer did seem a bit canned to me.
And I see Jeremy Vine will be talking about it on his show tomorrow.
Get some ARRSE'rs on it!(brighten it up a bit)
 
#18
What a disappointment.

It was good to see Med Man on the backfoot but the best bit was the Gwar's attitude about sons and daughters of MPs signing on.

Oh well 1/2 hour of ARRSE time wasted......but I'll soldier on.

BTW the Basket Weaving Course is one of the best I've been on. How dare the malign it on National TV.
 
#19
The British Army struggles to gain numbers, we're about 100,000 strong. Yet, programme after programme after programme we get insulted and slagged off.

Why?
 
#20
Nightrained said:
The British Army struggles to gain numbers, we're about 100,000 strong. Yet, programme after programme after programme we get insulted and slagged off.

Why?
Easy target, with 100,000, you are bound to find a few misfits who have an axe to grind, and the MOD have far too many skelentons in the cupboard to risk sueing.

Anyway what do they care(MOD+Government) you are only the shopfloor employees, who cant strike anyway :cyclopsani:
 

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