UK Armed Forces

Trump Transgender Ban Is A Huge Step Backwards

Rhicha Kapila | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Politics
Rhicha Kapila

The US Secretary of Defence's recent announcement that transgender Americans will be permitted to continue serving in the country's military for the time being has come following a disastrous few weeks in the wake of President Trump's ban.

Why Transgender Military Service Can Never Be Trumped

Caroline Paige | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Paige

President Trump won't prevent transgender service, his declared aim is to remove those personnel already serving. Those people who trusted their country and stepped forward when told they could, without fear, now face losing more than their jobs. Taking away their income, their homes, their security and their future will leave them extremely vulnerable. And the US Armed Forces won't be in a rush to do that.

I've Seen First Hand That There Is Nothing 'Un-Manly' About Needing Help With Mental Health

Johnny Mercer | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Politics
Johnny Mercer

bmm banner.jpg Mental health is exactly the same as physical health... defy anyone who experiences things like this to not feel the "burning injustices". as the Prime Minster says, of not treating mental and physical health the same... There was nothing 'un-manly' about what happened to this brave Royal Military Policeman that day. There was nothing un-manly in his tears, or indeed in our embrace or that of his colleagues clearly worried about his condition.

Why Isn't The Poppy Appeal More Inclusive?

Matt Fernley | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Matt Fernley

So it's November and the beginning of November has always been synonymous for me with the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal. Normally I am working and the appeal just drifts around me. I buy my poppy and I might watch the Remembrance service from the Royal Albert Hall or the Cenotaph if I'm free.

Soldiers Who Join Army Before 18 'More Vulnerable To Self-Harm and Suicide'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

British military recruits under the age of 18 are more likely to suffer from long-term mental health problems, a report by public health charity Medac...

Faces Of RAF Marham Suspects Revealed

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK

These are the faces of the “terror” suspects police are hunting over the attempted kidnapping of a serviceman at RAF Marham, in Norfolk, a week ag...

Women in Close Combat Units Will Not Compromise Operational Effectiveness But They Will Challenge the Masculine Status Quo

Nicola De Maine | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK
Nicola De Maine

There is no place for a culture where either women or men feel pressurised to conform to masculine ideals. Allowing both sexes to serve in all units throughout the Armed Forces is a step closer to achieving a military that is truly progressive.

How to Remember a Loved One on Armed Forces Day

Scott Salter | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Scott Salter

On Saturday the 25th of June, the UK will celebrate Armed Forces Day. The day is a chance to celebrate and honour those who serve our country in our forces. For some, though, the day is emotional as they remember those they have lost through service in our military. It can be extremely difficult for some families, friends and professionals to take part in Armed Forces Day and to discuss loss with a child.

Voting Remain Is the Sure-Fire Way to Destroy Nato

Christopher Carter | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics
Christopher Carter

It is clear we cannot leave Britain's defence and security in the hands of the EU. A vote to Remain will validate this lie it is the EU which has maintained peace in Europe. Whether or not Trump is elected President in America will not matter in the end. America will see the EU as the future of Europe, and NATO as expensive relic of a bygone age.

#HeadsTogether: Making Contact for Military Mental Health

Justine Alford | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK
Justine Alford

When you think of a soldier being wounded, what first springs to mind? A physical injury, scars from the battlefield, an amputation? While these may be more immediately apparent, what many of us likely don't realise is that a significant number of the Armed Forces community are struggling with a burdening wound that's less obvious to the eye - mental illness.

See the Potential in Britain's War Veterans

Priti Patel | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK Politics
Priti Patel

As Prince Harry's Invictus Games were held in Florida this week, the spotlight was thrown once again on the bravery, determination and grit of Britain's armed forces. Back here at home, I had the privilege to meet around a dozen current and former members of the armed forces at an event in Westminster. It follows research from the bank that shows ex-military personnel can face discrimination when looking for work - including being asked at interview if they are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health conditions.

Where Discrimination Thrives - Welcome to the World of the Military Family

Ray Lock | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Ray Lock

Imagine in a job interview you're asked whether you're planning to stick with your husband, who is serving in the Armed Forces. Imagine as a child you're sent to a different school every 2 years. Imagine you can't get a mobile phone contract, or a loan for a washing machine, or pay for anything by instalments because you don't have a decent enough credit rating. You don't have to imagine it - welcome to the world of the military family...

While a 'Grin and Bear It' Attitude Can Be a Real Strength in the Armed Forces, For Some It Can Be a Serious Problem

Air Vice Marshal David Murray | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK
Air Vice Marshal David Murray

My experience is that the Armed Forces perform best when working in teams and if a member of the team need a bit of extra help from his or her mates, then that is what happens. At SSAFA we have the same ethos and we will continue to give support to those who are serving, veterans and their families when they most need it. The reason why we do it really is simple - these men and women were there when our country needed them so we will be there for them when they need us.

Back From Despair

Gemma Gardner | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Gemma Gardner

I am lucky that I had my husband and kids to keep me going, along with the confidence to go out to meet other people in the civilian world to talk about my work and gather some support. Others aren't so lucky, and these are the people I really worry about.

Actually, Opposing Trident Doesn't Make You a Pacifist

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 21.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

If the Tories think that a Labour ditching of Trident would make them unelectable, then they really are ignorant to the concerns and interests of ordinary British people.

Investigation Into British Iraq Veterans War Crime Allegations Slammed As 'Despicable'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 09.01.2016 | UK

An investigation into Iraq War veterans who are the focus of allegations of war crimes has been dubbed “despicable” by an MP and a former forces c...

Much-Needed Support When Leaving the Army

Sarah Bushbye | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK
Sarah Bushbye

There is always a comradery between people in the forces, whether you are serving or not but when you leave, you are often separated from that community. Forward Assist reopens that link by providing a fun and relaxed environment that allows you to find confidence in yourself through rediscovering the strengths and skills cultivated in the Army, that were lost in the process of suffering through difficulties associated with the huge life changing step of leaving the forces.

Under-Served: The Gaps in Veteran Support, and What Needs to Change

Louis Reynolds | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Politics
Louis Reynolds

The veteran population of the UK is declining rapidly. In 2005, there were 4.8million veterans in the UK. Today, there are 2.83million, and in 2020 there will be 2.48million. In the face of such significant demographic change, the Armed Forces charity sector will have to evolve in some fundamental ways.

Invictus 2016: How Prince Harry's Heroes Will Capture Your Heart

Kirsteen O'Sullivan | Posted 27.08.2016 | UK Sport
Kirsteen O'Sullivan

I've never moved in military circles. I'm from a family of civvies, which has made my learning curve all the steeper. There is much to understand. Since my baptism of fire at the Invictus Games, Help for Heroes have welcomed me into the fold.

Defence Spending Will Have to Be Increased to Contain a Resurgent Russia

Guy Hands | Posted 18.06.2016 | UK Politics
Guy Hands

The cuts announcement came in the same week that US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned further reductions in UK military spending would put the country's global influence at risk. It is a concern shared by the Armed Forces themselves and many defence experts.

With Prince Harry Retiring, the Army Has Lost One of Its Best Young Leaders

James Wharton | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK
James Wharton

The most important moment I will remember personally, the time the Prince stepped in and told a group of very unhappy soldiers to 'back the f**k off' and leave me alone. The morning Harry had to come to my rescue, word had got round among the other regiment about what had happened between me and one of their own, and a group of angry sergeants wanted my blood - because to them, I was obviously to blame. Harry caught wind of the situation and confronted the older non-commissioned officers, and made, quite clear, that they would be for the high jump if they gave me another second's hassle over the issue - my sexuality.

World War What?

Air Vice Marshal David Murray | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Air Vice Marshal David Murray

Friday 8 May will mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, when Sir Winston Churchill delivered his historic speech to crowds gathered in London, broadcasting the news that the Second World War was finally over.

What's It Really Like To Be A Woman In The British Armed Forces?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

At first glance, it seems 2015 may be the year the British Armed Forces is truly embracing diversity and promoting gender equality. Last month, Sta...

Soldier's Liverpool FC Tattoo Reads 'You'll Never Walk' After Leg Amputation

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK

A Liverpool fan and Royal Marine's "You'll Never Walk Alone" tattoo was unfortunately altered after he had his leg amputated. Andy Grant's limb wa...

The Words No Commander Wants to Hear

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

30 January, 2015, marks ten years since Hercules C130K XV179 was shot down over Iraq killing all ten crew... I shall never forget their sacrifice.