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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #3050 on: September 05, 2019, 11:39:16 »
Meanwhile, from the desk of yet another angry, retired Army Officer:

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Members of the armed forces are being told to avoid gendered language like "mankind" and "sportsmanship" in favour of neutral terms.

Guidelines are displayed in the toilets of a base which trains members of the Amy, Navy and RAF.
Among the suggestions is to use "ancestors" or "forebears" instead of forefathers.

It also offers "people, folks, friends" as alternatives to "chap".
Instead of "man in the street", it is suggested that military ranks might use "average citizen/person", and for "housewife" the guidance gives "shopper, homemaker".

"Sportsmanship" and "mankind" are to be replaced with "fairness, good humour" and "humanity, humankind, human race, people" respectively.

One soldier said the sign was "politically-correct". "It's the daftest thing ever," he told the Sun newspaper.

The guide was authored by the Joint Equality Diversity and Inclusion unit, or Jedi, as it is known to troops.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: “We are continuously promoting a modern, inclusive, working environment to ensure individuals are recognised and feel valued.”

It comes after the Army backtracked over plans to drop the 'Be the Best' slogan. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson blocked the rebranding proposal, after a leaked document described the slogan as "elitist".

"The Defence Secretary believes that the British Army is the best of the best and has put these proposals on hold," a spokesman for the MoD said on Sunday.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/27/armed-forces-told-use-gender-neutral-language/
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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #3051 on: September 05, 2019, 12:29:52 »
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« Reply #3052 on: September 06, 2019, 09:16:46 »
Prince Harry made an unannounced royal appearance at Sandhurst to give a lecture on mental health at an Army conference

    Prince Harry, 35, attended an army conference at Sandhurst yesterday
    Joined former footballer Rio Ferdinand and Olympic rower Heather Stanning
    Royal is believed to have given a 'full briefing on mental health' for soldiers
    Glenn Haughton OBA MBA shared a snap alongside the royal on Twitter
    The royal looked relaxed as he pointed at a hashtag #TimeToTalk sign 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7434607/Prince-Harry-attends-Army-conference-physical-mental-soldiers.html
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« Reply #3054 on: September 17, 2019, 11:05:13 »

 Child Soldiers of the British Army

"Well, let me tell you, as an uneducated teen recruit from a poorer background on the edge of a northern English city, I am unfathomably thankful that I was figuratively captured and bundled into the back of a khaki green Bedford truck on the 10th January 2000, the first day of the rest of my life."

Isaac Newton’s third law sums it up best. “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. Newton’s third law applies to physics of course; specifically to action/reaction force pairs. However, the third law should also be applied in a wider context too.

As such I make no apologies for interrupting those who are busying themselves with the sharpening of their pitchforks, and the lighting of their paraffin coated torches. Once again we are hearing the cat calls to abolish the recruitment of 16 year olds into the British Military. And once again the evidence is stacked highly on one side only, ignoring Newton and his third law completely.

In August 2019, The Guardian wrote about how the British Army is ‘leaning on’ under 18s to help fill recruitment gaps. The article airs the moot views of the Child Rights International Network’s (CIRN) stance on the situation, which is, that “the army is leaning on teenagers from the most deprived backgrounds to fix its recruitment crises, using them to fill the riskiest roles because it can’t persuade enough adults to enlist.” Well hang on a minute, is this a bad thing? And are the CIRN aware that no soldiers are exposed to real risk until such time that they are legally classed as adults? Are we to believe that the army employs a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang like child catcher to stuff unwilling children into the back of a military vehicle, before whisking them off to fight and die on a foreign field of battle?

Apparently these children who are recruited/kidnapped, hail “from poorer backgrounds, such as on the edges of cities in the north of England”, so, if you have children in that area, be on the look for military personnel attempting to lure them away; be warned though, spotting them is typically difficult, as these military child catchers are experts in the art of camouflage and concealment!

In February 2019, The Guardian, wrote how the “irresponsible policy of recruiting 16 year –olds put their (the recruits) health at risk”. It isn’t just The Guardian who publish this one sided propaganda though. No, we are seeing it from the Independent, from BMJ, child-soldiers.org, inews.co.uk, any many more.

Well, let me tell you, as an uneducated teen recruit from a poorer background on the edge of a northern English city, I am unfathomably thankful that I was figuratively captured and bundled into the back of a khaki green Bedford truck on the 10th January 2000, the first day of the rest of my life

The argument will have us believe that the military is some sort of cultish organisation that preys on the impressionable minds of children, brain washing them to its purpose, and then casting them aside once they are damaged beyond repair. Do the naysayers realise that those below the age of 18 are to receive parental/legal guardian consent to join the military? This being a procedure that has always been in place, in order to ensure that the decision to join the military is not taken lightly. Those opposed to minors joining the military argue that other than the obvious dangers of military life, those joining are more susceptible to mental health issues such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety, than their civilian counterparts. It is indeed substantiated that military personnel have suffered from ill mental health in large numbers in recent years. This is nothing to do with age so much as it is to do with operational tempo and exposure to traumatic situations in Afghanistan and the like. As previously stated, nobody under the age of 18 will set foot in such hostile environments whilst serving in the British military. So really, what is the argument?

Let’s put the shoe on the other foot shall we? Let’s look at what would likely happen if we did put a stop to under 18s joining the military.

As previously stated, I, like many others, am one such example that they speak of. I come from a town called Oswaldtwistle, a small town in Lancashire in the north of England, not too far from the city of Manchester. Oswaldtwistle is stereotypically your classic dead end town. Don’t get me wrong, they are not my words. I like Oswaldtwistle, and I love my family and friends who live there. What I mean to say is that Oswaldtwistle is of the lower class demographic, has average to poor schools, cheap housing, little in terms of work and career prospects, and a fair amount of violence, crime, drugs, and alcohol.

There are many successful people in that small town, and there are many successes yet to come. Now although one can never know for sure, we can always rely on probability. The probability of me ever doing anything purposeful with my life within the confines of Oswaldtwistle was pretty bloody slim.

I left school in 1999 without so much as a C grade in any subject that I had taken. With little work ethic, a less than ideal home life, zero reputable school grades, and zero direction in life, I was on a collision course for a miserable existence… until I joined the army that is.

Fast forward 20 years and the story is rather different. As I type this I sit in my home in Sydney, Australia. I moved here recently when I joined the Australian Military. I received permanent residency for my entire family and I, before ever stepping foot on the dusty orange soil down here. We are now awaiting the granting of our citizenship that we are now eligible for, despite being here only 10 months, thanks to the army.

I earn a wage well beyond the national average of the UK and of Australia, thanks to the army. I re-sat and passed my school exams at a time that I was more mature, and ready to do so, thanks to the army. I am half way through a BA Hons History degree, and am about to start a fully paid up sponsored degree in leadership, thanks to the army. I have a civilian trade, thanks to the army. I am an experienced commercial diver, thanks to the army. I have a true morale compass and a real sense of right and wrong, underpinned by a host of core values and principles, thanks to the army. I have been to 33 countries, and have banked inexplicably unique experiences and memories for life, thanks to the army. I have a wonderful wife, and 3 beautiful children; a wife and children I would not have had, had I not lived in a certain part of the UK at a certain time of my life. I lived in that part of the UK at that exact time with thanks to the army. I now have prospects for success outside of the military based entirely upon the experiences I have gained from my life in the military. I am so fiercely thankful for the opportunity that was afforded to me at a time that was so undeniably crucial to the rest of my life.

Do we get the point? Do you think that my circumstances are unique? Before the army educated me, I would have had to remove my shoes and socks to count the amount of people that I personally know who share my experience. There are literally tens of thousands of people who owe their happiness to their life in the military. What becomes of the 16 year olds who do not join the military? What do they do with their misguided time whilst waiting to turn 18? How many will be sucked in to a life of dead end jobs, crime, addiction, and ill mental health. I know that I was heading that way for sure. Thankfully we do not hold the statistics to answer that question. The reason we don’t hold the statistics is because in the here and now, the British military still offers a real future to those of us who need it the most. Those of us who were/are otherwise on a road to nowhere.

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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #3055 on: September 20, 2019, 01:03:50 »
SAS hero with shotgun 'kills five ISIS fighters including two wearing suicide vests in just seven seconds during raid on jihadi bomb factory in Iraq'

    A 12-man SAS team were observing suspected IS bomb factory in Iraq
    Performed a dawn raid on the property when they expected attack was imminent
    Officer armed with shotgun took down five 'heavily armed men' in quick succession, before several others surrendered

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7465523/SAS-hero-shotgun-kills-five-ISIS-fighters-just-seven-seconds.html?ito=social-facebook
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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #3056 on: September 20, 2019, 13:48:53 »
SAS hero with shotgun 'kills five ISIS fighters including two wearing suicide vests in just seven seconds during raid on jihadi bomb factory in Iraq'

    A 12-man SAS team were observing suspected IS bomb factory in Iraq
    Performed a dawn raid on the property when they expected attack was imminent
    Officer armed with shotgun took down five 'heavily armed men' in quick succession, before several others surrendered

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7465523/SAS-hero-shotgun-kills-five-ISIS-fighters-just-seven-seconds.html?ito=social-facebook

So when does the public inquiry/prosecution start about how the SAS man took down three local businessmen right after prayers before they had an opportunity to defend themselves and get a shot off? Clearly an example of excessive use of force. (An yes, that's  :sarcasm: folks)

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« Reply #3057 on: September 20, 2019, 14:05:47 »
So when does the public inquiry/prosecution start about how the SAS man took down three local businessmen right after prayers before they had an opportunity to defend themselves and get a shot off? Clearly an example of excessive use of force. (An yes, that's  :sarcasm: folks)

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If it was the SAS.

Alot of the other 'sneaky peekies' enjoy having the SAS around because they take the rap for a bunch of stuff :)
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« Reply #3058 on: September 20, 2019, 17:05:45 »
If it was the SAS.

Alot of the other 'sneaky peekies' enjoy having the SAS around because they take the rap for a bunch of stuff :)

But! But! The Daily Mail said SAS six times in the article. When has the Daily Mail ever been wrong?

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« Reply #3059 on: September 24, 2019, 09:48:00 »

UK would obey court order to repay Iran £400m, says Hunt

Ex-foreign secretary adds debt would not form deal for release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe


He accused the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, of explicitly linking the release of Zaghari-Ratcliffe to the UK payment of a historical debt owed by the UK. The debt relates to a deal in the 1980s over the UK’s non-delivery of Chieftain tanks for which a previous Iranian regime had paid.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/sep/24/uk-would-obey-court-order-to-pay-iran-over-400m-says-jeremy-hunt
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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #3060 on: September 24, 2019, 11:27:20 »
My money is on Mossad.

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« Reply #3061 on: September 28, 2019, 16:52:37 »
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UK's cash-strapped military came close to running out of ammunition, withdrawing warships from the Gulf and grounding fighter jets as well as ditching some Nato commitments, new Defence Secretary reveals
- Warships almost had to be withdrawn from the Gulf during a funding crisis
- New Defence Minister Ben Wallace blamed successive government cuts
- Stocks, buildings and the refurbishment of vehicles were ignored by budgets
By EMER SCULLY FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 06:06 EDT, 28 September 2019

The UK's military nearly ran out of ammunition before 'Boris came to the rescue' by injecting £2.2billion in to the cash-strapped forces, the defence secretary revealed.

Warships almost had to be withdrawn from the Gulf and war jets came close to being grounded as military chiefs battled a crisis in funding after successive cuts.

New Defence Minister Ben Wallace told The Sun he blamed previous 'Prime Ministers and some of our military leaders' for having 'bigger appetites than their stomachs' and 'hollowing out things that are incredibly vital'.

...

See rest of article here: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7514759/UKs-cash-strapped-military-came-close-running-ammunition-new-Defence-Secretary-reveals.html

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« Reply #3062 on: September 29, 2019, 13:53:45 »


British Army soldier under investigation after threatening MP with ‘civil war’ over Brexit

Serviceman posted tweet reading: ‘C***s like you will perish when civil war comes and it’s coming’

Daniel Goshawk called Labour’s Angela Rayner a “stupid b****”, adding: “C***s like you will perish when civil war comes and it’s coming. 17.4 million people are gunning for blood if we don’t leave.”

He was replying to a tweet where Ms Rayner criticised the attorney general’s response to a Supreme Court ruling that the prorogation of parliament was unlawful


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/daniel-goshawk-soldier-brexit-civil-war-mp-angela-rayner-a9123921.html
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« Reply #3063 on: October 07, 2019, 23:45:48 »
Thousands of military veterans 'let down by medical discharge failures'

Many veterans forced to leave without proper diagnosis or medical support, says charity

Military veterans are being “seriously failed” by the existing medical discharge process, which has led to tens of thousands being forced to leave the armed forces without a proper diagnosis or long-term medical support.

The veterans charity Help for Heroes said the experiences of those seriously wounded, with mental health problems or otherwise unable to serve could be vastly improved with the introduction of some basic medical practices.

At the launch of a campaign, Mel Waters, the Help for Heroes chief executive, said forces personnel should be given a proper medical assessment before being discharged and a full diagnosis should be shared with the NHS to ensure continuity of care.

“The medical discharge process is seriously failing those who are let down by major inconsistencies in support, so we’re calling on the government to commission an independent review,” Waters said.

A total of 36,696 people have been medically discharged over the past 20 years, according to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), including 1,869 in 2018-19, mostly from musculoskeletal injuries and mental and behavioural disorders.

Seven out of 10 veterans surveyed by Help for Heroes said they had had a negative or very negative experience of their transition out of the armed forces, with some reporting feeling abandoned almost overnight once their health deteriorated.

Tommy Lowther, from Darlington, was abruptly discharged from the army in 2001 while he was on compassionate leave, after having been raped by three men, who were not soldiers, while he was in Gibraltar on military exercises.

“I went from being a confident young man bursting with pride to be in the armed forces to feeling broken,” Lowther said. “They didn’t believe me at first, and I had to undergo a medical examination. Even after that, people bullied me, were saying I brought it on.”

Lowther continued as a soldier but said he increasingly struggled – “I was drinking and getting involved in fights” – to the point where he was sent home on compassionate leave, where he thought he would be given time to recover.

“One day a letter came, and it said I was medically discharged. I was so young and impressionable that I took it as gospel; I hadn’t been diagnosed with PTSD or other mental health issues and tried to carry on as normal,” he told the Guardian.

The veteran said he took a job with the Metropolitan police, then with the drugs company GlaxoSmithKline, but had problems with alcohol and violence before finding in 2014 he was suddenly and intensely “driven to contemplating suicide”.
Lowther said he found he was unable to cope with his entire experience of being in the army – including a tour in Northern Ireland in 2000 – as well as the police. His health only began to recover after contacting Help for Heroes and taking part in its Pathfinder recovery programme.

Mental health-related discharges have been on the rise over the past five years in the aftermath of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, official figures show. Recent studies show symptoms can occur several years after the original events.
Lowther said his experience demonstrated that “you need a proper diagnosis before you leave, and that there should be clear notice periods; so they can’t legally force people out while they are on compassionate leave as I was”.

The MoD said fewer than 2% of personnel who had served in the armed forces over the past 20 years were medically discharged, and said the tens of thousands who had been followed a long period of military conflict. “The 36,696 personnel medically discharged over 20 years reflects a period of high operational tempo, including conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan,” a spokesman said.


https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/08/thousands-british-military-veterans-let-down-medical-discharge-failures

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« Reply #3064 on: October 09, 2019, 17:39:34 »

EU Army outrage as British troops risk being forced into EU defence force after Brexit

BORIS JOHNSON was last night facing a revolt by Tory MPs over fears that British troops could be dragooned into an EU defence force after Brexit. Members of the European Research Group of backbenchers will today meet senior figures from the Veterans for Britain pressure group that is campaigning against close military ties with Brussels.

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« Reply #3065 on: October 15, 2019, 22:20:13 »
First Harris T7 bomb disposal robots sent to British army

The British army accepted the first four of 56 bomb disposal robots it ordered from Harris Corporation, the U.K. government announced.

The T7 ground vehicles, manufactured by Florida-based Harris, are equipped with high-definition cameras, data links, an adjustable manipulation arm, and tank-like all-terrain treads. They also employ "haptic feedback," which recreates the sense of the robot's touch and gives an operator a better understanding of the object being diffused. They also offer vibrations when wires or other elements of the bomb are touched by the robot, to guide the operator.

In a statement earlier this week, the British government referred to the vehicles as "game-changing" and said they are able to "neutralize a wide range of explosive threats."

The $70.8 million contract indicates each robot will cost about $1.2 million.
Britain began using remote bomb disposal units in the 1970s when dealing with improvised explosive devices in Northern Ireland. The army's first robot was developed in 1972. Known as a Wheelbarrow, advanced versions are still in use by the British military, and will be phased out with the arrival of the T7 unit.

Nearly 80 percent of the British army's casualties in its Afghanistan campaign have been attributed to improvised explosives.
"The first four production standard vehicles have been delivered early to the British Army enabling us to conduct train-the-trainer packages from January onwards," said Lt. Col. Thornton Daryl Hirst. He added that trials of the robots "exceeded our performance expectations."

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2018/12/26/First-Harris-T7-bomb-disposal-robots-sent-to-British-army/6771545850861/

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« Reply #3066 on: Yesterday at 14:28:04 »
Further to this post at Thin Pinstriped Line,

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Carry on Crossdecking! The Royal Navy, the US Marines and the F35
https://thinpinstripedline.blogspot.com/2019/05/carry-on-crossdecking-royal-navy-us.html

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UK, US Enter New Era: ‘Unprecedented’ Carrier-Sharing Plan
“We’re not talking about interoperability anymore, we’re talking about proper integration to a level we’ve never seen,” Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Jerry Kyd told me on the deck of the UK's new carrier. 

ABOARD HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH: For the first time, a US Marine Corps F-35B squadron will deploy aboard the UKs new aircraft carrier on its maiden voyage in 2021, a milestone hailed as “unprecedented” — even among close allies. 

“We’re not talking about interoperability anymore; we’re talking about proper integration to a level we’ve never seen,” British Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Jerry Kyd told me on the deck of the carrier as it launched and recovered aircraft during an exercise in the Atlantic.

The integration of Marines into the British carrier’s operations from Day One is “unprecedented,” he said. “It would be hard to think of another two countries on the planet who can do that right now.”

As Kyd and fellow Royal Navy officers praised the “special relationship” between Washington and London during a recent visit to the ship, the US Navy’s top admiral was half a world away, using much the same language to pitch his own ideas for closer linkages between allied navies.

“Today, the very nature of our operating environment requires shared common values and a collective approach to maritime security,” Chief of Naval Operations,  Adm. Mike Gilday, told a seapower conference in Venice.

Gilday alluded to the British upgrades and increasing operations with NATO allies at sea, noting that Adm. Mike Mullen, former Navy chief, once talked about a 1,000-ship Navy. “I say, why not a 10,000-ship navy? With like-minded partners, there’s a lot we can do together to keep the maritime commons free and open.”

Spurring the move toward greater linkages between allied forces are the realities of a more aggressive and rapidly modernizing Chinese navy, and an increasingly unpredictable Russia. “We are defending international norms to foster global economic prosperity; we do it to protect the right to navigate the world’s international waters; we do it to ensure smaller nations are not bullied by others,” Gilday said in Venice.

Similarly, Kyd sees the increasing integration as an obvious move in an era punctuated by a variety of potential threats. “Why wouldn’t we be far more integrated with our key ally at a moment where the rules-based international system is under threat, and we need to reinforce our western values and operate together?”..

The QE has been working up to its 2021 deployment to the Mediterranean and Middle East in the waters along the US East Coast since July, readying for the Royal Navy’s first carrier operations in a decade [emphasis added]...


The Royal Navy makes one of its first VTOL landings aboard its new aircraft carrier. Pic: Paul McLeary)
https://breakingdefense.com/2019/10/uk-us-enter-new-era-unprecedented-carrier-sharing-plan/

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« Reply #3067 on: Yesterday at 20:57:41 »
Further to this post at Thin Pinstriped Line,

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Congress will lose their minds when they find out the Royal Navy is not ‘John Paul Jones’ compliant. :)
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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #3068 on: Yesterday at 22:50:05 »
Interesting how the Chinook just barely fits on the deck elevator. 
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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #3069 on: Today at 04:43:04 »
Interesting how the Chinook just barely fits on the deck elevator.

It’s almost as though they designed the elevator to handle a Chinook with minimal excess material... ;)

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Re: British Military Current Events
« Reply #3070 on: Today at 11:23:48 »
Well at least they will know the definitive size limitations for any future birds.
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