UK Armed Forces

'The Siege Of The Yazidis Has Been Broken,' Says US

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK

US military will not evacuate thousands of besieged Iraqi Yazidis from a northern mountain range, saying the situation was far less bad there than ant...

Scotland's Shipbuilding Future Lies in Defending the UK

Vernon Coaker | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Politics
Vernon Coaker

HMS Queen Elizabeth, which we will launch today, will have a long life. The final Captain to serve on that ship hasn't even been born yet. We want Scotland's shipbuilding industry to have as long a future. The way to achieve that is to say No Thanks to separation in September.

Remembering Friends on Armed Forces Day

Stacey Lucas | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK
Stacey Lucas

From evacuee in London at 11 years old, boarding a train to Sussex, adapting to civilian life, being fitted with artificial knees and walking the Great Wall of China with Queen Victoria's Great Granddaughter and raising over £20,000 to support the armed forces and their families. It is safe to say Norman Young, (Brigham) is an achiever, focused and determined individual.

There for Them Then, Still Here for Them Now - Why We Must Not Forget the Families on Armed Forces Day

Air Vice Marshal David Murray | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK
Air Vice Marshal David Murray

The bottom line for us is providing support - support for those who have done or are doing their bit for our country, and their families, making sure that when they are in need, we are there for them. They have made their selfless contribution and the least that we can do is be there for them in return.

D-DAY 70 Years on - Stories shared as we grew up

Stacey Lucas | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK
Stacey Lucas

Every year on the anniversaries of the D-Day landing in Normandy my grandad and great grandad would come together and invite me to listen to great gra...

Huge Increase In Veterans Seeking Mental Health Support

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK

There has been a 57% rise in the number of Afghanistan veterans seeking mental health support, according to new figures. A total of 358 ex-militar...

Admirals Lost in Scotch Mist Over Faslane

David Gow | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Politics
David Gow

The Admirals would be better employed to argue that issue and the dwindling Navy fleet as a whole rather than engage in counter-productive political sorties. The latter are becoming a bad habit in London: the more it catches on the narrower the gap between No and Yes in the opinion polls pre-September 18.

Removing Military Bases From Yemen's Cities

Richard Cashman | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Cashman

On Tuesday 6 August, Reuters reported a military helicopter shot down by rebels thought also to have attacked Yemen's primary oil pipeline. Nine military personnel were killed.

Defence Committee Report: Now Victims' Views Must Be Heard

Philippa Tuckman | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK
Philippa Tuckman

A report published by the Defence Committee has called for a review of judicial involvement in the armed services but the views of injured soldiers must now be heard to ensure any changes are fair for all.

MoD Defends Shooting Of Live Pigs In Military Exercises

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK

The Ministry of Defence has defended its involvement in the shooting of pigs for medical training after new pictures of the "cruel" practice emerged. ...

Savage Storms 'Almost Unparalleled' Natural Crisis, Says Army Major

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK

Prime Minister David Cameron will lead talks on Britain's recovery from one of the wettest winters on record today after savage storms left one man de...

Soldier Found Hanged After Rape Claim

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK

A Royal Military Police officer was found hanging in her barracks two years after alleging she had been raped by two soldiers, an inquest heard. Co...

Troops Sent To Help Somerset Flood Victims

PA | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK

Soldiers are being deployed to Somerset to bring relief to villages cut off by flooding. The Government has agreed to send the Army to the Somerset...

Soldiers, Coming to a Job Centre Near You

Gareth Milner | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics
Gareth Milner

Last week, the final tranche of redundancies within the British armed forces were announced. This fourth tranche, whilst it may have been expected, will still bring a new air of uncertainty to those finding themselves at risk. The announcement concerned specific time-lines, redundancy fields and the numbers to be cut.

It's Time to Sort Fact From Fiction on Drones

Philip Dunne | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Politics
Philip Dunne

One of the most common myths I want to debunk is that UAS are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians in Afghanistan. Let me be clear, the majority of civilian deaths in Afghanistan are caused by insurgents, not UAS. In over 50,000 Reaper flying hours, there has only been one single operation that resulted in the deaths of civilians.

What is Wrong With Armed Forces Compensation? Everything

Alex Ford | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

One thing would definitely come out of the massive change that is needed, there would be a lot fewer news stories like this one. Because it is not the fact that three women got a compensation payment for injuries sustained whilst marching, it is the fact that they were treated differently to other military personnel that grabs the headlines.

The Royal Marine Murderer

Kevin Godlington | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Kevin Godlington

It may be open and shut in the legal sense, but is not open and shut in the moral and ethical sense. The test maybe the law, but the proving ground is the battlefield. Now before you start getting all excited into thinking I am about to justify murder, wait one second and consider if you will some social mitigation.

The Royal Marine Murderer

Kevin Godlington | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Kevin Godlington

It may be open and shut in the legal sense, but is not open and shut in the moral and ethical sense. The test maybe the law, but the proving ground is the battlefield. Now before you start getting all excited into thinking I am about to justify murder, wait one second and consider if you will some social mitigation.

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

Alex Ford | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

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.

Wearing a Poppy Is Not a Comment on Politics or Military Intervention

Gemma Doyle | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Politics
Gemma Doyle

Wearing a poppy is not a comment on politics or military intervention. I doubt that everyone who wears a poppy agrees with all aspects of British foreign and military policy dating back to the first ever Poppy Day in 1921. If you object to British foreign policy, about the worst way you could express that is in a decision not to wear a poppy, because that decision only impacts on some of those who face consequences of the policy - whether or not they agree with it - not on those of us who are actually responsible for the decisions.

Why I No Longer Feel Comfortable Wearing a Poppy

Madeleine Fry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Madeleine Fry

I should probably point out that I'm not against the original meaning behind Poppy Day: remembering how Britain twice sent a whole generation of its young men off to be slaughtered, and that future generations should be able to live without the fear of enduring such violence. Yet that meaning often seems to get forgotten as Remembrance Sunday becomes a celebration of jingoism and militarism, where the victims of British aggression in wars past and present are rarely mentioned.

'Bomb Attack' Thwarted On Northern Ireland Border

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK

A major bomb attack close to the border of Northern Ireland is believed to have been thwarted, with at least two mortars apparently detected by the Ar...

Are Britain's Armed Forces Set To Become 'Cynical And Detached'?

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK

Harsh cuts to the military could leave personnel "cynical and detached," the new head of Britain's armed forces has warned. General Sir Nick Hought...

Jessica Elgot

'We Can't Turn Our Backs On Afghan Interpreters,' Says Murphy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK

Britain is turning its back on Afghan translators who put their lives on the line, shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy said, as a petition of tens of...

A Million Miles Away...

Alex Ford | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK
Alex Ford

For me it sums up my tour in Afghanistan. In the picture I am hot, sweaty; covered from head to foot in protective gear; helmet, glasses, body armour, blast pants, gloves, boots... carrying my rifle, ammunition, equipment, food, water.