UK Army

Sniper Kills Six Taliban With One Bullet

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK

A British sniper killed five Taliban insurgents and a would-be suicide bomber in Afghanistan with one bullet, the Ministry of Defence has said. The...

The Algerian Presidential Elections: The Burlesque, the Tragicomic and the Farcical

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics
Hamza Hamouchene

Algeria's next Presidential elections will be held on 17th April 2014 and for the last few months; this important electoral rendezvous showed all the hallmarks of a masquerade, consistent with almost all the elections in the history of the Algerian state since independence in 1962.

MoD Is 'Lagging Behind' in Its Handling of Allegations of Rape and Sexual Assault

Philippa Tuckman | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
Philippa Tuckman

Five years after the crimes were committed, the army has apologised to the family of a military policewoman who committed suicide after a coroner said that rape and bullying by other soldiers were factors in the officer's death. This case has raised concerns about how such allegations are dealt with by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Year of the Human Swiss Army Knife

Joff Sharpe | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Joff Sharpe

Followers of my blog will know that I began the year with a series of exhortations; ten in all and they précis the messages in my new book 'Who Dares Wins in Business.' I illustrate these points with case studies from commerce and, as unlikely as it seems, the SAS...

An Army Marches On Its Stomach: And This Is What Is In Those Stomachs (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

"An army marches on its stomach", declared French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte back in 1800s, and indeed it still does. Though the armies of yestery...

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. ...

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...

Widow Weeps Over Coffin Of Husband Lost 63 Years Ago In Korean War

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

This incredible picture shows 94-year-old Clara Gantt weeping over the remains of her dead husband who disappeared 63 years ago. Army Sergeant 1st Cla...

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.

Tips for Moving From the Army to the Business World

Sean Farrington | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Tech
Sean Farrington

How has what I learned in the Army been of help to me in the world of business? Here are some tips for making the transition.

We Can't Take Risks With Britain's Defence - Our Armed Forces Deserve Better Than This

Vernon Coaker | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Vernon Coaker

Labour is proud of our armed forces and we support the principle of integrating the reserves to play a larger role. But we're clear that reductions to the regular Army must only take place at a pace that allows adequate uplift in the reserves to meet the shortfall. Otherwise we are taking risks with our country's defence and security. And that's not an option.

Marine Murderer: Life Must Mean Life!

Kevin Godlington | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Kevin Godlington

This Marine did wrong, he knows it, and we all know it. He will take his punishment on the chin I am sure, but he has also served his country, and did so gallantly. If he is to be tried for murder keep human rights legislation out of it and apply some common sense.

Post Traumatic Stress to Post Traumatic Growth - a Journey of Personal Innovation and Adventure

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martina Keens-Betts

My Grandfather tragically lost his friend on the battlefield and suffered from depression for the rest of his life, which rendered him unable to speak for the days surrounding 11 November. My Great Uncle was severely, severely shell shocked and as an additional complication, the PTSD triggered psychotic episodes during which there was an attempt to break into Buckingham Palace.

Remembrance Is for Looking Forward, as Well as Back

Patrick Stannah | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Stannah

It is easy to look on your younger years through a softer lens. We talk of 'those halcyon days'; we tell children 'school days are the best days of your lives'. It is not a natural human trait to live only for today, or to ignore the lure of greener grass.

Cameron Praises 'Incredible Work' Of Royal Marines After Murder

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

David Cameron said today that the conviction of a Royal Marine for murdering an injured Taliban insurgent in Afghanistan should not "besmirch" the org...

Is I Vow To Thee My Country 'Obscene'?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK

The lyrics to Margaret Thatcher's favourite hymn I Vow To Thee My Country could be re-written, because they seem obscene to modern military families, ...

'A Moment Of Stupidity'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK

A distinguished Royal Marines general has called for leniency towards a fellow commando who executed an injured Taleban insurgent in Afghanistan. M...

Morning Headlines

PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

MP slams maternity insurance spend A fifth of maternity services funding is spent on insurance against malpractice, a report suggests. Public Accoun...

MoD: We Won't Force Soldier Out Of Job, 3 Days Before Pension

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK

The Ministry of Defence has categorically denied it will force redundancy on an Army soldier, just three days from when Sgt Michael Anderson would be ...

'Poppygate' and Students' Unions

Aisling Gallagher | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aisling Gallagher

Like it or not, poppies no longer represent what they initially were created for. Every year we have remembrance services where those in power in the state talk about our military and giving thanks to their courage, whilst handily forgetting that when current soldiers often come back from tours of Afghanistan, it's up to charities to mend what's been broken.

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.

Policy Exchange Is Wrong: Human Rights Will Not Destroy Our Military Capability

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

To exempt the military is to suggest that the Second Estate somehow has a special status. This was the case in the past, when rulers could declare a state of war to enforce repressive policies. But society has advanced. When it comes to the rule of law, no one is special.

Hire The Hackers

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK

Hackers with a criminal past could be recruited to serve in the new military cyber force, the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond indicated. He said t...

(Don't) Join The Army: The Action Men Who Are The True Faces Of War

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK

Equipped with crutches, a wheelchair and even a body bag, these are the war heroes without a place in the limelight. This trio of Battlefield Casu...

The British Army Seen Through A Lens

The Huffington Post UK | Matthew Tucker | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK

Dirty trenches in far-off countries and mundane army routines may seem unlikely opportunities for award-winning photography, but the British Army has ...