Well, thank you for the welcome. It is not a conspiracy and I am not a reporter.... Bosh is the same as Quosh. And no, this wouldn't enrich my life in the slighest. It would be sadly, very disapointing, and very upsetting.
If this a website for big time stabs or, suspicous conspiracy theorists, then I can't see me remaining a member for much longer. I hope I am mistaken.
I've just had an email from an upset ex-soldier who was trying to find out some information about his former Regiment. Not a particularly unreasonable thing to do I think.
I know that we do get journalists on here trawling for information and we should ensure that we don't compromise security. Having said that, it is hardly a state secret that 3 Para have had a very difficult tour that included a significant number of casualties. I don't know the exact number but I'm sure that any half competent journalist would just trawl MoD press releases if they wanted to find it. I accept that WIA are a different story as the MoD seems much more reluctant to hand that info out.
My suggested response to Strongbow would have been something along the lines of:
Nice Welcoming ARRSE member said:
Hi mate and welcome to the site,
We often get journalists trawling the site for this sort of info so I don't think anyone will give you exact figures. You are right though that the 3 Para have had an extremely difficult tour and, along with attached arms, they have taken fairly serious numbers of KIA.
If you have a look through some of the threads on here you'll find lots more details out.
Anyway hope you enjoy the site and join in the banter
Agreed... I had no idea the press stuck their oar in here. Admin just let ne know the score. I was in 1 Para for 10 years, leaving in 2000, when I PVR'd. My sources were an ex-1 Para , who was I bumped into in Leicester square, who's now a fireman, and a new work mate who's an ex-marine. Both within a couple of days.
I have no contacts in 3 Para, as all my mates are part of the new 1 Para 'Ranger' style battalion or have moved 'on'.
I was n't sure if they'd had that amount of casualties... God knows what we're there for anyway....
Never mind the info as such. This little thread has served a great purpose - we should all print out Bad COs contribution and paste it alongside our keyboards. The instant Jump Down His Throat response does nothing all all as everyone gets into flame suits and the - often - interesting debate gets drowned in invective.