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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #3300 on: October 15, 2020, 19:21:12 »
An interesting proposal. It seems almost that the Army is acknowledging the fact that it isn't capable of recruiting up to it's authorized ceiling anyway.

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Surrender! Army looks to cut 7,000 troops in cost-saving measure that could leave us with just 75,000 soldiers
-Cost-cutting proposal may see the Army reduce its manpower target to 75,000
-Thousands of roles being recruited for are likely to be axed, sources have said
-Senior Army chiefs recognised that some positions can be filled by machines
By LARISA BROWN DEFENCE AND SECURITY EDITOR FOR THE DAILY MAIL

The Army will slash its 82,000 manpower target by 7,000 under cost-cutting proposals handed to ministers, it can be revealed.

Thousands of roles that are currently being recruited for are likely to be axed, with some of the gaps being filled by machines.

As part of a ten-year plan, the Army has offered to reduce its current target of 82,000 regular troops to 75,000, defence sources said.

It is currently at around 74,000-strong but its ambition for years has been to reach the 82,000 figure.


It has, however, struggled with recruitment and senior Army chiefs now recognise that some positions could be filled by technology and machines.

However, Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Commons defence select committee, said the decision to reduce the target was 'sheer madness'.

'It is completely wrong,' he said.

'Even today they are over-stretched. We are short staffed in key skill sets. We don't have enough Warrior and Challenger [tank] drivers.

'These battalions will tell you they are exhausted. We are kidding ourselves that we could manage with a depleted size.'

He said the proposed cut was coming at the time 'when the world was more dangerous'.

A Government source said: 'No one is going to lose jobs and nothing has been decided, this is just a suggestion put forward by the Army.

'More jobs could be done by automated machines which would require less people. Recruitment is an issue. It's a commitment to focus on automation and use machines where we can.'

It is thought the machines could include technology such as drones and robots.

In theory, autonomous vehicles could be used to carry heavy loads instead of soldiers.

Injured soldiers could also be evacuated by drones or other automated vehicles, reducing the need for troops to carry their comrades, or call in helicopters.

Slashing troop targets is one of the offerings sent to Number 10 as part of the Integrated Review, the largest overhaul of foreign and defence policy in decades.

Negotiations are continuing about which assets and upgrades will be scrapped, with more money expected to be pumped into cyber and space warfare.

Each service – the Army, RAF and Royal Navy – has been asked to submit proposals for how they could save money and also where they need more cash.

It is understood the Army has drawn the line at 75,000, with the head of the service saying that it is as far as he is willing to go if he is to retain a credible fighting force.

General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith does not want a single soldier to lose their job and this way they would not have to, sources said.

No decision has been made on whether the Army's offer will be taken up.

A source said: 'We advise against making assumptions or drawing false conclusions on the review, based on leaks or partial information.

'The guiding principle of the IR is to ask ourselves what the threat is, and whether we have the capability to meet it.'

The Tories had pledged to keep the Army's strength above 82,000 in 2015. In 2017 the party manifesto dropped the figure but pledged to 'maintain the overall size of the forces'.

Army chiefs had believed coronavirus would lead to a surge in recruits but now there could be a battle for the remaining posts.

An MoD spokesman said: 'This Government has committed to grow defence spending. The MoD is progressing its contribution to the Integrated Review by planning how best to meet tomorrow's threats within that increasing budget.'

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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #3301 on: October 16, 2020, 12:32:49 »
He's clearly lying.... at no point in several years of M&AW training in Arctic Norway did I ever hear the term 'Igloo' used :)


Marine sues Ministry of Defence for £100,000 after he had to sleep in igloo

He was given brief tuition on cold injuries and was told on four separate visits to the stores that they did not have his cold weather boots. His duties included digging holes in the snow, most of his training was outdoors when it was snowing and often involved standing still.

The mittens he was given did not allow him to use his weapon or pick up his skis and he had to make do with thin combat gloves, his statement says. Even when three other Marines had to be medically evacuated because of the cold, the course supervisors allegedly failed to inspect Keelan's hands.

Keelan's claim says he slept in a quinzhee - a kind of igloo made by burrowing into hardened snow - and was unable to dry his kit overnight.

His lawyers Hugh James argue he suffered personal injury arising out of his exposure as a result of the MoD's "negligence or breach of duty".

He left the military in 2018 and finds jobs harder to get as his injuries stop him working in cold conditions.

The MoD said: "Health and wellbeing is always our priority. We provide personnel with the training and kit they need. We cannot comment on ongoing litigation."

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1347569/marine-sues-Ministry-of-Defence-sleep-in-igloo/amp
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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #3302 on: October 17, 2020, 06:54:47 »
ummmm, lemme get this right. He is suing the military because he got wet and cold?
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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #3303 on: October 17, 2020, 09:31:49 »
ummmm, lemme get this right. He is suing the military because he got wet and cold?

Can you say "class action lawsuit?"   :rofl:
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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #3304 on: October 17, 2020, 11:20:27 »
ummmm, lemme get this right. He is suing the military because he got wet and cold?

I picked up this article from a Parachute Regiment online forum. I don't need to tell you that the quality of ' Cabbage Head' slagging reached new heights ;)
« Last Edit: October 17, 2020, 12:20:40 by daftandbarmy »
“To stand on the firing parapet and expose yourself to danger; to stand and fight a thousand miles from home when you're all alone and outnumbered and probably beaten; to spit on your hands and lower the pike; to stand fast over the body of Leonidas the King; to be rear guard at Kunu-Ri; to stand and be still to the Birkenhead Drill; these are not rational acts. They are often merely necessary.”
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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #3305 on: October 20, 2020, 10:12:01 »
RN Ironman Suits?   But jet packs!  I see more James Bond.

Watch the video it looks cool

https://nypost.com/2020/10/19/royal-navy-using-flying-iron-man-style-jet-suits-to-practice-storming-enemy-ships/