It's 8 months on the OCE list for Coy and Pl staff but some key HQ posts are 12 months.At one point I'd heard it planned that guys were going to be posted there for 12 months at a time. Anyone know if that actually happened?
i wonder how the Chinese will manage with an insurgency and IED Valleys.It might have been if we'd actually got the contracts to mine Afghanistan and it's estimated $3trillion worth of deposits. But we didn't.
The Afghan government signed them over to the Chinese in a secret meeting. About 2mths prior to our 2014 departure was announced. Coincidently. Maybe.
No, not £75m well spent. If it had bee £75m spent on the British people/military/etc, then yes it would have been well spent. This is effectively pissing it up the wall.
Those wily Orientals always wangling for a contract....How will the Chinese cope? They haven't. Their first go at this has ended in failure and acrimony:
Afghan mining deal with China facing failure | Asia | DW.DE | 31.07.2013
(In short - even the Chinese couldn't cope with the Afghan's violence and veniality}
Wang Lian, professor at the School of International Studies at Peking University, considers the lack of security and the impending withdrawal of ISAF troops to be the main reasons for the possible failure of the project. "Several political forces in Afghanistan are fighting for power, so it is understandable that the MCC is not particularly active."
Wang says he is confident that the corporation will press ahead with its investment projects as soon as the security situation in Afghanistan stabilizes. "An economically stronger Afghanistan is also in China's interest," he adds....[/i]
So where did they send you ?Ahh but surely the brightest and best are aching at the opportunity to be forgotten for 12 months in a far off land whilst it implodes around them?
Option (b) is that anyone who vaguely fits the criteria but doesn't manage to get anything better gets sent there by postings boards. That is certainly what happened last time I was involved in one!
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