Alex Ford
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Former Royal Air Force Airman who recently left the service and now making his way in the civilian world.

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What is Wrong With Armed Forces Compensation? Everything

(0) Comments | Posted 24 November 2013 | (20:54)

With some news stories, it's the headline that grabs you, and really, you don't need to read the copy to know what is going to be in it. For instance the story in the Mail on Sunday with the title 'Female RAF recruits get £100,000 compensation each... because...

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The Colour of the Poppy Doesn't Matter, But What We Remember Does

(0) Comments | Posted 8 November 2013 | (10:14)

It's that time of year again. When we remember. Remember the fallen, remember the dead. Remember those who have given their lives in wars throughout the last 100 years or so, in service of us, those left behind to have a free, decent and peaceful life.

And as part of...

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From Litter to Daniel Pelka to Syria, Are We in Danger of Becoming a 'Walk on By' Society?

(1) Comments | Posted 18 September 2013 | (12:23)

I spent 25 years in the military. The abiding principle of military service is that service itself. Service before self. Your mate, your buddy, your team, your unit, your organisation, your nation, your people. It is all about thinking about how you can help the person next to you -...

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To Intervene in Syria or Not? What Kind of Future Do We Want?

(89) Comments | Posted 27 August 2013 | (01:00)

"If you tolerate this, your children will be next..."

We are at the fork in the road that leads to our future. If we go down one fork, then the future is dark, cloudy and dangerous. It's a future where dodgy regimes all over the world can get their chemistry...

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A Million Miles Away...

(0) Comments | Posted 1 August 2013 | (10:12)

Two years ago, not far from today's date, this photograph was taken.

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I posted it this morning over on Twitter, with the caption 'This feels like it was a million years ago and a million miles away...' And it does. At times I look...

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What's the Point of Nuclear Weapons?

(1) Comments | Posted 16 July 2013 | (21:56)

Britain is the member of a club. Not a big club, only a select few are allowed entry. And one that means we are at the table with the big boys in the world. You know, America, France, China, India, Pakistan... Israel... North Korea... Countries with nuclear weapons.

Why do...

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Talking to the Taliban in Afghanistan Doesn't Betray the Dead - It Honours Them

(28) Comments | Posted 20 June 2013 | (01:00)

On the day that the Afghan government said it had taken over responsibility for combat operations across the whole of the country and after 12 years of invasion, war, occupation and counter-insurgency the Americans announced that they are to start diplomatic talks with the Taliban.

This is good news....

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Is It Time to Face Up to the Truth About Our Armed Forces and Our Defence Policies?

(4) Comments | Posted 14 June 2013 | (10:55)

What are our Armed Forces for?

Seems a simple question. They are for fighting wars? Defending the nation? Doing what our government tell them to do?

It is of course all three... but mainly the last one. They do what our government tells them to do. After all "war is...

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The Mastiff Isn't Unsafe - What Are the Real Question That the Media Should Be Asking?

(3) Comments | Posted 3 May 2013 | (01:00)

The media loves a good story. It's what it exists for. Even better if that story is about something that has never happened before. If it's new news, then there is plenty of opportunity to fill the endless hours of rolling news with speculation and talking heads. If you are...

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Who Is to Blame for Violent Ex-Servicemen?

(0) Comments | Posted 15 March 2013 | (11:09)

So, ex-servicemen are more likely to be involved in acts of violence than people who haven't been in the forces.

And cue statements about soldiers being trained to kill and forced to undertake repeated tours away and become desensitised to violence. Blah, blah, blah.

But the headline...

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Speaking Up for the Interpreters of Afghanistan

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2013 | (00:00)

In Afghanistan, we rely upon friendly Afghan local civilians to help us do our work out there. When I was working out there, helping in the reconstruction work, it would have been impossible for me to engage, liaise and progress any of the projects there without the help of Afghan...

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Do We Really Need to Know What Harry Did in Afghanistan?

(13) Comments | Posted 22 January 2013 | (10:04)

Soldiers are required to do just one thing. Kill the enemy. It's their job. Everyone knows it's their job. It's obvious it's what they do. But when you are a member of the Royal Family... should you actually say that you have?

Prince Harry, sorry Captain Wales, has just finished...

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What It's Like to Spend Christmas in Afghanistan

(3) Comments | Posted 24 December 2011 | (00:00)

For some, it's the best time of the year. For some it's the worst. You see, for some they will be spending Christmas at home with their families - and some will be away from home.

Away, serving their country overseas. Whether that is in the Falkand Islands, one...

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