Regiments with large Commonwealth numbers to get chopped

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  1. On the way in to work this morning, Radio 4 dropped a little bombshell, almost conversationally, into the news that our man Hammond is going to chop any Regiment, Infantry or armoured, that has a large proportion of our foriegn friends in the ranks. Stand by!

    Can't find a link yet.
     
  2. Perhaps someone from the MoD will be taking him to one side and calming him down.....

    Letting the minister out without a minder, never ends well.
     
  3. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Was on Sky news as well
    I think one of eh papers is running with it.

    Are there any Regiments with disportionate numbers?
    PWRR had a few IIRC but then one now holds the V.C. will they be chopped?
     
  4. Bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse LE Book Reviewer

    Perhaps he's read his Gibbon?
     
  5. Rayc

    Rayc RIP

    When one says that British units have Commonwealth soldiers, does it mean that it is selective Commonwealth nations which can send their soldiers, or is it that anyone from the Commonwealth can join the British Army?
     
  6. Daily Telegraph has got some half baked story on front page.
     
  7. That makes perfect sense. Fill the country with millions of scrounging welfare state spongers, yet chop those from the commonwealth who come here to serve.

    The country's****ed.
     
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  8. That's the jocks****ed then.
     
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  9. AFAIK people from any Commonwealth country can join up, though most are from Fiji, the Caribbean, southern Africa and Australasia.
     
  10. Joining from overseas - British Army Website
    Nationality and residency - British Army Website
    One of the reason why RLC is also known as Retards, Lesbians and Commonwealth (stands by for incoming re R Sigs :) )
     
  11. Won't make the slightest bit of difference VC or no if there is any truth in this and that's a big if. They will be in the pot with the rest.
     
  12. Bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse LE Book Reviewer

    The army has had real problems recruiting British nationals into various regiments and has been accepting recruits from Commonwealth countries for some time. These are either people living in Britain or coming over specifically to join the army. The most famous example is LCpl Beharry VC. Johnson Beharry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  13. Rayc

    Rayc RIP

  14. Evil plot by the Navy to try to win the rugby next year
     
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  15. Bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse LE Book Reviewer

    A cynic might suggest that this was an alternative way of looking at the regimental problem. The MOD have floated the idea of a radical reduction in historic regiments and specifically targeted the Scottish ones. This has not been received well in the Scottish press. If they can build up the idea that regiments that can't recruit locally should go because clearly they have no future then it tells a better story and is likely to get broader support. If, by coincidence, that means the Scottish regiments going then, well, isn't that just unlucky?