Armed Forces

'Fighting Fitness' In The Armed Forces Is About Mental Health Too, Says Prince Harry

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 09.10.2017 | UK

“Mental fitness” should be at the heart of armed forces’ training and support, Prince Harry announced today as he launched a new partnership bet...

Footballers Will Be Allowed To Wear Red Poppies. Will They Be Allowed Not To?

Symon Hill | Posted 26.09.2017 | UK
Symon Hill

We have a choice when it comes to poppies. We have rights to freedom of expression because our ancestors campaigned for these rights (not because they were handed down to us by the establishment). We can maintain those rights only if we continue to exercise them, despite the massive social pressure to follow the establishment line. The language of "not political" is only one more aspect of the pressure to conform.

Why We Must Take Children Out Of Military Environments

Rhianna Louise | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK
Rhianna Louise

This week 17 former Army Foundation College Harrogate instructors face a court martial. They are charged with mistreating recruits - including actual ...

We Must Do More For Those Who Have Served Their Country

Azi Ahmed | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics
Azi Ahmed

I was privileged to attend the summer ball held at Grosvenor House by Care After Combat, a wonderful charity which helps veterans struggling with alco...

Bring Billy Back

Kirsten Oswald | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Politics
Kirsten Oswald

As Westminster prepares to go into a long campaign because of Theresa May's U-turn on a snap election, many issues MPs have been working on are in danger of disappearing into the political long grass.

Armed Forces Veterans Need Mayor's Help Accessing Life-Changing PTSD Dogs

Shaun Bailey | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Shaun Bailey

Latest figures show there are an estimated 5,360 armed forces veterans in London suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The amount of ...

Find Out About The History And Traditions Behind Remembrance Day With Our Quiz

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK

On Sunday, Britons will pause to remember the millions of men and women who have given their lives serving their country in the armed forces. Remembra...

Serviceman Who Died On Training Exercise At RAF Tain Named

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK

A serviceman who died during a training exercise at an RAF weapons range in Scotland has been named by the Ministry of Defence. Lance Corporal Joe Spe...

Soldier Shot Dead At RAF Tain Bombing Range In Scottish Highlands

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK

One person has died at an RAF bombing range in the Scottish Highlands. Officers were called to RAF Tain on the Dornoch Firth in Easter Ross at 5.55pm ...

Royal Navy 'Man-Marks' Russian Fleet Appearing To Head Towards English Channel

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK

The Royal Navy said it would closely monitor a Russian navy fleet travelling through the North Sea and appearing to head towards the English Channel. ...

British Army Accused Of Racism Over 'Blackface' Tweet

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK

The British Army has been accused of racism after posting a picture of a soldier which a number of people complained appeared to reference blackface. ...

Theresa May Will Let British Military 'Opt Out' Of Human Rights Convention

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK

Theresa May is to release British troops from observing some human rights responsibilities in battle, in an attempt to protect them against vexatious ...

Supporting A Taliban Bomb Maker's Claims Of Abuse? Jeremy Corbyn Is Part Of A Deeper Lack Of Empathy For Our Veterans

James Wharton | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK
James Wharton

We need to get behind our veterans, and that includes you, Jeremy Corbyn, You can start doing this by distancing yourself from the materials on display this weekend at the Momentum event in Liverpool and by reassuring our troops of your support, not by threatening them.

Soldier Collapses Face-Down In Middle Of Trooping The Colour

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK

A soldier ended up face down on Horseguard's Parade after collapsing during the Trooping The Colour to celebrate the Queen's official birthday. He was...

The Invictus Games Is Giving These Extraordinary Young People Vital Motivation

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Dozens of young British injured servicemen and women will join their counterparts from 14 other nations for the second Invictus Games competition next...

Putting 'Weak' Women Soldiers On The Frontline 'Will Be Paid For In Blood''

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK

Putting female soldiers on the front line is a "social engineering experiment" that will be paid for "in blood", a former British military chief has s...

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...

How Youth Work Helped Me to Start Again After Being Wounded in Service

Seveci Navelinikoro - Nav | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Seveci Navelinikoro - Nav

In 2012, my working life in the army came to an abrupt end when I was severely injured by an IED explosion which resulted in a brain trauma injury, loss of hearing in my right ear and nerve damage to my back, hip, knee and ankle...

Charlotte Church Sums Up The First 30mins Of The Syria Debate In A Single Tweet

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK

Charlotte Church has urged opposition MPs to stop asking David Cameron to apologise over his comments suggesting people who vote against intervention ...

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.

Britain First Are Still Exploiting Lee Rigby Against The Wishes Of His Family

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK

Britain First have continued to exploit the memory of Lee Rigby despite repeated appeals from his family not to do so. A post on the far-right pseu...

A Soldier's Account Of His Afghan Deployment Set To "Mad World" Is Haunting

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK

Video of an American battalion's deployment in Afghanistan set to the Gary Jules' and Michael Andrews' version of the classic ballad "Mad World" has r...

This Soldier Will Use His Improbable Betting Fortune To Help His Ailing Father

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 11.10.2015 | UK

Many of us have placed bets on the off chance of winning a few pounds. But when Jon Heywood, a 27-year-old soldier from Cheshire, decided to place ...

Do British Female Service Personnel Have a Voice?

Nicola De Maine | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Nicola De Maine

Nicola De Maine has no previous experience of writing for publication. She recently joined the BATTLE LINES New Writing Programme run by Raise Dark Th...

Dan Jarvis MP: I Was 'Not Comfortable' With John McDonnell's IRA Comments

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Politics

Labour MP and former Army major Dan Jarvis has said he was "not comfortable" with comments made by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell suggesting the IRA...