UK Armed Forces

#HeadsTogether: Making Contact for Military Mental Health

Justine Alford | Posted 18.05.2016 | 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 13.05.2016 | 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 10.05.2016 | 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 30.03.2016 | 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 18.03.2016 | 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 22.01.2016 | 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 23.11.2015 | 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 10.11.2015 | 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 27.08.2015 | 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 21.06.2015 | 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 20.06.2015 | 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.

How BBC3 Changed the Future of War Reporting

Christian Hill | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Christian Hill

As the world becomes an increasingly dangerous place for foreign correspondents, the MoD is rebooting its relationship with the media, drawing upon the skills of the servicemen and women already out on the ground. Who needs reporters, when you can do it all by yourself?

On Remembrance Sunday, I Will Think of My Friends and Colleagues Who Did Not Return

Afzal Amin | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Politics
Afzal Amin

This Sunday as I stand and hear the sermon, join the prayers and listen to the Last Post, I will be thinking of friends and colleagues with whom I served in Iraq and Afghanistan who did not come home, those whose funerals I attended, and I will be thinking of their families and loved ones for whom Remembrance is such a personal act.

From Heroes to Homeless

Ann Chadwick | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK
Ann Chadwick

I was part of the team that helped set up a Veterans Artisan Bakery at The Beacon- a flagship veterans support centre - near Catterick Garrison.

Iraq: War Without End?

Robin Lustig | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Six weeks ago, I wrote: "We should be in no doubt: we, the West, are back in Iraq." And so it has come to pass. It is difficult to see how it could have been otherwise, once the murderers of Islamic State (or Isis or Isil, take your pick) started killing American and British journalists and aid workers on video. ... We have entered a bizarre Alice in Wonderland world in which Washington, Tehran, Damascus, Riyadh and Doha all seem to be lining up on the same side. The Saudis, Qataris and Emiratis even seem to have deployed some of their own aircraft, which I suppose at least proves that they do know what they're for.

Why Accessible Housing Is Worth Fighting For

Maurillia Simpson | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maurillia Simpson

What people might not realise, as I didn't, is housing's direct effect on mental and physical wellbeing. Without a fixed address, no surgeon would consent to perform the operations I desperately needed to move forward. Where could I have gone afterwards to mend? My doctors weren't convinced the sofa of a friend was an appropriate place to get better. And nor were my friends.

'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.