UK Armed Forces

How BBC3 Changed the Future of War Reporting

Christian Hill | Posted 09.12.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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 04.11.2014 | 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.

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.