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Date Posted: Tuesday, 17 September 2019 @ 12:50
Normandy, FranceThe Normaninvasion of England in 1066 to the D-Day landings in 1944, Normandy has playeda role in European history. With coastal landscapes, pebbly beaches, some ofFrances finest museums, Normandy is definitely worth a visit. Where could you visit in Normandy? Rouen Walking thehistoric cobblestoned roads of Rouen, you will come across the GothicCathedral, restored medieval architecture, ancient churches and museums. Rouen wasoccupied by the English during the Hundred Years War.....
Date Posted: Thursday, 12 September 2019 @ 12:43
The RNBT Family comprisesall those who are serving or have served as Warrant Officers and below in theRoyal Navy and Royal Marines and their wives, husbands and dependent children. Theycan all turn to the RNBT when in need throughout their lives.The RNBT makes thousandsof grants each year to help members of the RNBT Family who are in difficultyand can provide financial assistance for such things as: Disability aids Vocational Training Food, clothing and fuel Rent and mortgage payments Hou....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 10 September 2019 @ 16:08
The early part of 2019 saw mehead to Morocco to extend my London to Marrakech trail further South cyclingfrom Casablanca to Essaouira.  It would also join up my Casa – Marrakech,Marrakech to Essaouria ride in a giant triangle.  I was joined by my Moroccan friend andbrother Mohammed, a school teacher from Bengre. I first met Mohammed, ateacher, on the London to Marrakech journey. He was riding my late dad’s oldmountain bike and I was on a Surly ‘Ice Cream Truck’ ....
Date Posted: Thursday, 5 September 2019 @ 16:04
Looking for aquick and easy dessert to make? Take a look at Lee Mahoney’s recipe below…Serves: 6Ingredients: 75g Icing sugar 4 Egg whites 110g Caster sugar 425ml Double cream 450g Mixed strawberries, raspberries and blackberries 1 Sheet of greaseproof paper 50ml Kirsch liqueur  6 Balls vanilla ice-cream  6 Large fluted glasses Step by Step: Pre-heat the oven at 140°C/Gas Mark 1. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl then in another clean bowl whisk the egg ....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 3 September 2019 @ 15:52
I love how there are so many differentdelicious ingredients you can add to a lasagne. This recipe serves 4 generoussized portions. I like to serve my lasagne with some rustic garlic bread or aside salad. This is how I make mine:     Ingredients: splash of cooking oil 500g lean beef mince 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 large onion diced 5 medium sized mushrooms diced 1 grated carrot 1 stick of celery thinly sliced 3 cubes of frozen spinach or 2 big handfuls of fresh 1 small glass....
Date Posted: Friday, 30 August 2019 @ 08:38
How Veterans Learn To Live With Hearing LossAround 11 million people in the UK are living with hearing loss,while 300,000 of these are military veterans. Hearing loss andtinnitus can cut short military careers. That’s what happened to oneformer Royal Marine who earlier this year was awarded over £500,000 in damagesfor the noise-induced hearing loss he suffered during his 15-year militaryservice. Experiencing hearing loss or tinnitus can be a devastating and evenlife-changin....
Date Posted: Thursday, 29 August 2019 @ 15:49
RETIREMENTLeaving the Services withan Armed Forces pension is pretty straightforward. From about two yearsout, start thinking about your options and planning for the choices you’ll needto make to stay MoneyFit. Moving to Civvy Street is a big step. Yourretirement pension depends on which Armed Forces Pension Scheme you're in.Get a pension forecastYou canuse the Armed Forces Pensioncalculator toget a pension forecast. Alternatively you can ask for a free, written fo....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 27 August 2019 @ 15:35
Matthew Disney’s fourth of seven charityfitness challenges in 2019 sees him undertaking his biggest challenge yet. OnTue 18th June 2019 he embarks on this extreme expedition carrying his 26kg, 2 meter unbalancedConcept2 rowing machine 700km up 3 countries via the 3 National Peaks to thenrow the height of each at the summit and finish at the Commando Memorial,having gained over 25,000ft in elevation during the challenge.Bio:Matthew Disney is a former Royal MarineCommando, elite fitness enth....
Date Posted: Thursday, 22 August 2019 @ 14:55
Thank you for speaking with NCNB today…Youserved in the King’s Royal Hussars, how long did you serve for and what madeyou choose to join the Army?  Ijoined the Army in May 2005 and left in May 2013 so I served for 8 years. Myparents brought me some toy tanks when I was young which I was obsessed with soI guess it stemmed from there. I was also fascinated with the Army at school,in particular with some of the historic battles such as the Falklands and firstGulf war. My Grandad a....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 20 August 2019 @ 13:32
500 vulnerable Veterans find long-term social housing thanks toVeterans’ Nomination SchemeA scheme run by theUK’s leading provider of supported housing for Veterans, Stoll, has now securedlong-term social housing for over 500 ex-Servicemen and women through its highimpact Veterans’ Nomination Scheme.Veterans who findit difficult to adjust to civilian life can end up homeless or in unstable ortemporary accommodation. Many have low support needs and are ready and able tolive inde....
Date Posted: Thursday, 15 August 2019 @ 14:56
Thank youfor agreeing to speak with NCNB today…You served many years in the Military.What Regiment did you serve with and for how long?  I was with the Royal Welsh. Itwas a mix of TA and regular service over 12 years, and three tours.What madeyou want to join the Military?I just felt that I had to do it.It was a calling, rather than a career. I couldn’t think of doing anything elseother than being an infantry soldier.Lookingback on your Military career, can you give us a brief ....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 13 August 2019 @ 14:45
1. Clarify yourjob and career goals and write them downYou wouldn’t normally embark on a long journey withoutfirst deciding on your destination, how you’ll travel, or which route you aregoing to take. Your job search is no different. Before you even think aboutputting your CV out there, you need to decide things such as:   The type of role you’d like to secure The environment in which you’d most like to work For which industries you’d be a good fit How much y....
Date Posted: Thursday, 8 August 2019 @ 14:40
Since thelast BFRS update of FORCE ATLANTIC, The British Army’s first official ocean rowing crew, the teamhave made great strides towards setting themselves up for success in the 2019Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.  InApril, the fearless four, took to the water for their first taste of rowing onthe open sea.  Manning their Rannoch R45ocean rowing boat for the first time, the crew set about a day’s sustainedrowing in the estuary of the River Crouch and into the South of ....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 6 August 2019 @ 14:31
Review:Astunning account of war that gives a detailed look into the psyche of thetwenty-first century British infantryman. Jones writes of his brothers andtheir Afghan experience, from its adrenalin-filled highs to the many lows, withpassion and candour. The pace is unrelenting, whilst the epilogue stands as thesobering full stop for a generation of soldiers who campaigned in Iraq andAfghanistan. (Major Adam Jowett, bestselling author of No Way Out)Agritty, brutal book about men at war. Raw....
Date Posted: Thursday, 1 August 2019 @ 13:38
Thank you for agreeing to speak with NCNB today…Youserved as an Officer in the British Parachute Regiment for a number of years,what made you join the Military?My grandfatherserved for the British Army. He was sent to Burma during the Second World Warto fight against the Japanese. He had the most fascinating war stories, whichhe regaled to me and my brother when we were kids. My dad was also in the TA.I’d also always dreamed of being an explorer, ever since I was a young boy, andman....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 30 July 2019 @ 15:03
The morning ofthe 4th May, I was feeling nervous as it was my first Army V Navygame and having wanted to go to one since I was 12 years old, I felt extremelyprivileged to be going to my first game… not just as a supporter but part ofthe media team as well. The atmospherewas incredible, I hadn’t seen anything like it. Being an Army pad brat, I wassupporting team Army. But in all honestly, the Navy played brilliantly! Havinginterviewed the Army and Navy captains for our March issue of....
Date Posted: Thursday, 25 July 2019 @ 14:42
Afterleaving school & working in a factory making helmets, Andy decided hewanted out. With limited choices, he decided to join the British Army.Following basic training, I became an Airborne SupplySpecialist, but my error was to apply for as many courses as I could, fromMedic to Jungle & Arctic Warfare. The course I coveted most was that of DogHandler, which I knew would help overcome my fear of German Shepherds. When myapplication was approved, I was packed off to Melton Mowbray to the ....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 23 July 2019 @ 14:37
Currentlythe issue of mental ill-health in the workplace is all too common. So much sothat it has become the leading cause of sickness absence. A staggering 70million workdays are lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK,costing employers approximately £2.4 billion per year. (Mental Health Foundation)Forso many of us work forms one of the central parts of our lives. Not only is itwhere we spend a significant amount of our time making a living but it’s oftenwhe....
Date Posted: Friday, 19 July 2019 @ 08:23
Personaland team development is common place in the military environment, but not socommon in the civilian workplace, that said, many commercial organisations playat it and some are even quite good, it can be costly and even have a short termdetrimental impact on overall performance and productivity, but if implementedand managed well the medium and long term benefits can be game changing. Despite BFRSs success as a social enterprise serving the needs of theAFC, I have long had concerns, th....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 17 July 2019 @ 11:40
Elliot Brown is the first British company for ten years todesign a military issue watch complete with NATO stock number.  Worth £425, the Elliot Brown HoltonProfessional 001 watch has been built to spec following months of research withspecialist military operators.We’re giving you the opportunity to win one.The finished design is a watch fit for purpose. Whether thatbe mountainous climbs, underwater encounters or all-weather exploration. Yet,its elegant style doesn’t look....
Date Posted: Friday, 21 June 2019 @ 13:30
On Cornwall’s south coast, acharity that takes Armed Forces personnel affected by military service out onthe open water is helping participants to benefit from the calming effects ofsailing and the sea. Turn to Starboard is thebrainchild of Shaun Pascoe, a former RAF Squadron Leader who commandedemergency medical evacuations around the globe during his 16 years in the RAF.He served on operational tours in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan, leadingsmall groups of highly trained med....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 19 June 2019 @ 13:25
Falkland Islands“Imagine asilence that is only broken by the call of the birds, and your own footsteps asyou explore these beautiful islands in the South Atlantic Ocean. One of the lastgreat wilderness destinations where your trip becomes an adventure.”Where could you visit in The FalklandIslands? 1982 Memorial Wood – Stanley CemeteryThe memorialwood is an area set aside to commemorate members of the British Forces whoserved and died during the 1982 Falklands War. Trees have ....
Date Posted: Monday, 17 June 2019 @ 13:17
Matt Smith ex-military joinedthe Army in 1994 I was 12 years Royal Logistic Corp then transferred 12 yearsRoyal Signals after passing 264 Signals selection. I left the Army after my 22years as SSM to start my own business. Now happily married with 3 children,been running Primal Bushcraft and Survival for the past 4 years.Thankyou for speaking with NCNB today…You served 22 years in the Military, what wasyour time like serving in the Military?I joined the Army at 18 and was posted to German....
Date Posted: Friday, 14 June 2019 @ 12:56
Big is Beautiful – Fat Bike Adventures in MoroccoFat bikes are like LandRovers!  You can go anywhere. On goodroads from A to B, you could probably get there quicker on a road bike, but youwouldn’t have the same smile on your face. I love Land Rovers and Fat Bikesequally and they certainly harness my inner ‘Peter Pan’.  I have been lucky enough to complete somegreat adventures using Surly Fat Bikes the from day tripping in Manitoba,Canada to various adventures in....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 12 June 2019 @ 12:52
Here is a quickand easy recipe that all the family will love, especially dunked in a hot cupof tea! Created by Lauren Welsh our newest member of the team at BFRS, formerRAF Chef. These are verysimple to make and taste delicious. Perfect for the kids and all the family!Roughly makesabout 28.Ingredients: 300g plain flour 100g caster sugar 250g salted butter (softened) 100g chocolate chips or chopped chocolate 1/2 tspn vanilla essence Caster sugar to sprinkle (optional) Method: Preheat o....
Date Posted: Monday, 10 June 2019 @ 12:49
If you are medically discharged from the Services,you will be entitled to a Resettlement package, Enhanced Learning Credits, andmaybe a pension and/or further compensation. What you get depends on your length ofservice, the seriousness of your injury, which pension scheme you are in,whether your injury was attributable to service or not and when your injuryoccurred. Read on to find out what applies to you.The resettlement packages:All personnel subject to Medical Discharge(MD), whether....
Date Posted: Friday, 7 June 2019 @ 12:41
Do you long to be part of a team? Did you miss thecamaraderie of the armed forces? Feel trapped by your body or mind? Maybe MixedAbility sport can set you free.Mixed Ability Rugby is a new format of rugby, designed toinclude ALL abilities, disabilities and levels of player. It’s contact AND non-contactrugby in the same game which can include players of all abilities from beginnerto ‘need-to-get-fit-veteran’ and ‘done-my-acl-so-need-to-be-careful-person’!The whole ob....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 5 June 2019 @ 12:36
The UK’s main provider of homes for Veteransand their families, Haig Housing Trust, is nearing completion of its latestproject, the development of 68 new one to four-bedroomed houses on itsHeadquarters’ Estate in Morden. These become available for eligible Veteransand their families from May 2019.Funding has been provided both from theVeterans Accommodation Fund, set up from the monies obtained from the Government’sLIBOR banking fines, and by the Trust. The development has been....
Date Posted: Monday, 3 June 2019 @ 11:50
BAE Systems Group Managing Director Maritime and Land UK,Andrew Wolstenholme, said:The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and BAE Systems havelaunched the ‘Heroes Challenge 2019’, an extraordinary cycling adventure tohonour the memory of the heroes of the D-Day landings. Beginning on 18thSeptember 2019, the Heroes Challenge will set off from London and will then concludefive days later in the iconic city of Paris. The challenge will raise money forthe RNRMC while honouring ....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 29 May 2019 @ 11:41
The transitionfrom service life to a career in the automotive aftermarket, for me, wasn’t toostrange a change. In fact, there are plenty of areas where the skills I haddeveloped within the military were incredibly useful in my new role. After joining theRoyal Air Force in the late ‘90’s I was warned to never expect to be deployed,or even posted to another unit. Strange as it sounds, Air Cartography was suchan obscure trade. It was sort of mashed into trade group 14, along with ....
Date Posted: Monday, 27 May 2019 @ 11:30
Back in November 2018, Lieutenant ColonelRichard Hall MBE, the Commanding Officer of the Army Foundation College atHarrogate, proposed to a few of his troops, an opportunity like few others – torow the Atlantic Ocean.A project that stems from the ambition tobolster the Army’s floundering 2018 recruitment campaign, FORCE ATLANTIC hasdeveloped from an initiative to demonstrate to the wider public and those consideringleaving the services, the breadth of opportunity available to those i....
Date Posted: Friday, 24 May 2019 @ 11:12
Thank you for agreeing to speak with NCNB today…Youserved in the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, how long did you serve forand what made you chose to join the Army?  I’m a former ColourSergeant, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment. I joined the Army tofollow in my families foot steps, we have over 100 years unbroken service inthe British Army. My Grandad fought in the second world war, my father servedfor 22 years and my brother is still serving in The Royal Regiment o....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 22 May 2019 @ 11:03
Having been askedto write a few words for you dear reader…I’ve spent a few nights lying awake,thinking how to start, where to begin, do I start with BFBS Radio? Growing up in Germany? Being Mentally Ill? The list goes on.  I then cameto the conclusion to give a quick intro…and see where that takes me. My Dad served 23years, first with the Royal Engineers, then RLC as a postie.  As a result,I grew up in Germany and it was awesome! I miss the food, the Rhine....
Date Posted: Monday, 20 May 2019 @ 11:00
Around 12-13,000 people join the Armed Forces each year,most because they want to, and some because there are not many other options,but most are not focussed beyond their immediate future as asoldier/sailor/airperson.  Most recruitsand young service people I have spoken to expressed a wish to ‘serve a fullcareer’; some have more specific goals but many had little detailed knowledgeof what a life in the Armed Forces entails. Motivated by the natural inclination of many to &....
Date Posted: Thursday, 16 May 2019 @ 10:42
Achieving housing harmony after your transitionThe Army Families Federation (AFF) believes thatfamilies who are equipped with accurate information and realistic expectationsabout life after the military have the most successful transitions back tocivvy street. Our research in collaboration with the other Families Federationsshowed there were clear benefits to purchasing a home in advance of leaving.But this isn’t an option for every family.Here, we explore some of the things you shouldcons....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 14 May 2019 @ 10:34
Civilian Rory McAusland is undertaking a massive charitychallenge for military mental health charity Combat Stress and mental healthcharity Samaritans over 2019 hoping to raise £40,000. Rory will be completing amile for everyone lost to suicide last year in Scotland by running 4.5marathons, rowing 3 marathons, walking 110 miles and cycling 350 miles to cover705 miles, the number of people tragically lost to suicide last year inScotland. On top of this, he is also raising awareness for the ....
Date Posted: Monday, 22 April 2019 @ 11:41
In my world of adventure we often say that if you want to seehow far you have come, turn around and look backwards to fuel futurechallenges. 2018 has seen me pass a 10,000 milestone of human poweredadventures and expeditions including canoeing the Yukon, cycling and kayaking2400 miles from London to Marrakech and kayaking from Niagara Falls to theStatue of Liberty, as well as many more. I feel like I have just got started.  I spoke to the editorial team and suggestedan article sharing some ....
Date Posted: Saturday, 20 April 2019 @ 11:28
After 2 yearsof preparation, countless hours in the gym, numerous fundraising events,mandatory ocean-going courses, planning, calculating, weighing and waiting, wedid it. Four men representing all three branches of the UK Armed Forces andtheir civilian counterparts went from total amateurs with an idea, to sittingin their boat at the start line in La Gomera waiting for the starting horn toblast to begin their 3000 mile race across the Atlantic Ocean, competingagainst 26 other teams from across t....
Date Posted: Thursday, 18 April 2019 @ 11:20
LMAX EXCHANGE EVERESTRUGBY CHALLENGE, April 2019, Led bySouth-West entrepreneur and military veteran James O’Malley, for Wooden Spoon, Children’s Charity of RugbyDevon based entrepreneur andRoyal Navy veteran, James O’Malley, 47, will lead the LMAX Exchange EverestRugby Challenge in April this year, and preparations are ramping up, withtraining weekends across Wales, Scotland, and France.James, together with a team of30 challengers – (made up of ex-professional rugby play....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 16 April 2019 @ 11:06
The decision to take on the challenge of returning to educationfollowing years spent working, travelling or bringing up a family can be adifficult one. Anxieties about academic ability, how studying can fit withother commitments, and financial concerns are all very real for adultsconsidering embarking on academic study.For many years, the University of Sheffield’s Department for LifelongLearning has been helping mature students from all backgrounds to make thetransition back into education....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 16 April 2019 @ 10:46
Your Community Needs You & Your Skills!Walking with the Wounded have formed a partnership with Keep Britain Tidy to create LitterForce.Through becoming a volunteer with LitterForce you will encourage and motivate local people to make a real difference in their local communities and have pride in their neighbourhoods.No experience necessary just willingness & enthusiasm.You may be leading, or helping with, clean-up days, regular litter-picks or environmental audits, working with local peo....
Date Posted: Sunday, 14 April 2019 @ 10:56
What is it? The Frontline Walk is aphysical and emotional challenge to walk in the footsteps of those who servedand fought for our freedom in WW1.  It is100km over 3 days, from the Somme to Ypres.Who isit for?The walk is run by the Army Benevolent Fund: The Soldiers’Charity. The ABF gives a lifetime of support to soldiers and veterans from theBritish Army, and their immediate families. We make grants to individuals andsupport a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the Briti....
Date Posted: Friday, 12 April 2019 @ 10:42
Somme – FranceSomme is wellknown for the numerous battles that took place during World War 1, one of themost famous battles is the Battle of the Somme.Where could you visit in Somme? Champ de Bataille de Crecy – Battle of Crecy Somme has amuseum dedicated to the Battle of Crecy (1346), the battle was an Englishvictory during the Edwardian phase, the English Army was led by Edward III. Partof the museum is all about the archaeological discoveries, they help us picturelife in the Midd....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 10 April 2019 @ 10:32
We read a lot about theex-servicemen and women who need support, but not always about the people whohelp them. Tom Knight is an ex Royal Marinewho now works as an employment advisor for Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) andis embedded within the Military Veterans’ Service NHS Mental Health team. Tom uses an evidence-based modelcalled IPS (Individual Placement and Support) - personalised support to help ex-militaryfind and sustain appropriate paid employment. His team in Manchester is nowreco....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 26 March 2019 @ 08:05
Thank you for agreeing to speak with NCNB today…From what age did you know you wanted to be a singer?It’sa great pleasure. I wanted to be a singer for as long as I can remember really.I have very early memories of singing around the house growing up with myparents in East Ham. I first performed the song ‘Glad Rag Doll’ when I wasseven years old - that was probably the only time I ever performed it. Mymother made my dress and a matching one for my doll. I went up to the f....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 6 March 2019 @ 11:57
Marking the launch of the 12th  National Apprenticeship Week 2019 team members from British Forces Resettlement Services share their experiences.Harry Dean, CEO of BFRS, gives us a perspective from an employer point of view."Over theyears with various businesses I have probably engaged 11 apprentices and whilstin the early days I was responding to external influence to use ‘cheap labour’,since becoming a social enterprise my motivation to use apprentices isdifferent."That said, ....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 26 February 2019 @ 13:07
My name’s Hal Stewart (real nameand no it’s not short for anything) and I’m a broadcaster for Forces RadioBFBS. When I was a lad (and by that I mean young and small, now I’m just oldand small) I wanted three things from my chosen profession. Firstly, a rewardingjob, secondly a personalised name branded gilet and finally the opportunity towork with like-minded beautiful, talented and intelligent colleagues. So, twoout of three ain’t bad.I’ve worked for Forces R....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 26 February 2019 @ 12:58
January can be a tricky time, tight budgets after all the parties andmayhem throughout the New Year. Don’t forget you can make anything a meal byadding in herbs and spices, just like the ‘All in Curry’s’ you would have on exercise.Take a look at Lee Mahoney’s recipe below… Serves: 8 Prep: 10 min > Cook: 1hr > Ready in: 1hr 10 minIngredients: 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, thinly sliceD 3 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tablespoons curry powder 1 ta....
Date Posted: Monday, 18 February 2019 @ 11:41
Case Studies:Nick Martin:Former Leading HandNick Martin served in the Royal Navy until 1986. Having watched the past twoInvictus Games, the 62-year-old from Plymouth felt inspired to take part. “I realised that I wantto challenge myself, not as a punishment this time but as a celebration,” saidNick. “The self-abuse that I carried out over the years needed to stop. I amnow fully committed to a recovery programme to help me move forward. I’veallowed my Post Traumatic Stress....
Date Posted: Saturday, 16 February 2019 @ 11:21
New Challenge New Beginnings (NCNB) is the Resettlement and Lifestyle magazine for the Armed Forces Community. Our front cover interview is with Colin Maclachlan, former SAS turned Actor, Author and Public Speaker. A special thank you to contributors in this issue; Alex Cooper, Jonathan Young, Philip Allan and Richard Harpham..     Thank you for agreeing to speak with NCNB today…Whilst at School, was becoming a Cameraman something that you had an interestin? If so why?Jonatha....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 12 February 2019 @ 11:12
Boost your savings with these easy steps:Arecent survey by Moneyfacts found that 77% of people asked, thought savingsaccounts were too complicated. This may be one of the primary reasons whycustomers rarely switch.Butit doesn’t have to be difficult. Many banks will be happy for your business, sothe process of switching is easier than it ever has been before. And, armedwith these tips, you’ll see why shopping around will help your savings gofurther.Switch savings accounts:​The average....
Date Posted: Friday, 8 February 2019 @ 12:43
Royal Marines have arrived in the high north for their first test on the UK’s new mission to defend the Arctic.The elite commandos are training hundreds of miles inside the Arctic Circle for the next two months, honing their survival and combat skills in temperatures as low as -30°C alongside NATO allies.The Royal Marines – the Naval Service’s amphibious light infantry and the UK’s cold weather warfare experts – have operated in this region for half a century an....
Date Posted: Thursday, 7 February 2019 @ 10:10
New Challenge New Beginnings (NCNB) is the Resettlement and Lifestyle magazine for the Armed Forces Community. Our front cover interview is with Colin Maclachlan, former SAS turned Actor, Author and Public Speaker. A special thank you to contributors in this issue; Alex Cooper, Jonathan Young, Philip Allan and Richard Harpham...Thank you for agreeing to speak with NCNB today…Whilst at school, was joining the Military something you wanted to do? If so,why?Colin: No, mymother wanted me....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 5 February 2019 @ 10:46
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps youngpeople to develop the confidence and skills they need to realise theirambitions, so that they can move into work, education or training. Founded byThe Prince of Wales in 1976, the charity supports 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.The Trust has long supported militarypersonnel and bolstered this commitment last year by signing the Armed ForcesCovenant, pledging to help the employment prospects of....
Date Posted: Saturday, 2 February 2019 @ 10:02
When considering life after service there are a great manythings that pass through the mind of the Service Leaver; the primary concernfor most is employment – can I find and keep a job that will enable me to paythe rent/mortgage and keep my family in a reasonable state?  The answer for most is yes, but this is onlypart of the equation.  While most ofthose who have served in the Armed Forces have the ability and attitude tosecure employment, it is important to consider to what ext....
Date Posted: Thursday, 31 January 2019 @ 09:47
If there’s one thing for certain in your militarycareer, it’s that one day it will come to an end.The Army Families Federation (AFF) supports all Armyfamilies, whether just starting out, seasoned pros and even those moving backonto civvy street. We are the independent voice of Army families,working at both a local and strategic level to bring about positive changes onmany aspects of Army family life while providing a link between families anddecision makers, including chain of comman....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 9 January 2019 @ 15:37
With the beginning of yetanother year comes a new set of plans, goals and opportunities for thoseleaving the Armed Forces Community (AFC). British Forces Resettlement Services(BFRS) events have been hard at work planning the ‘must attend’ events, as wellas looking for the latest opportunities for AFC leavers in 2019.At our Military toCivilian Events, BFRS offer the AFC the chance to meet employers, find jobs,access self-employment opportunities, enrol in training schemes and get into....
Date Posted: Thursday, 3 January 2019 @ 11:25
NEW YEAR SEES US AS FAR FROM THE END AS WE ARE FROM THE START, TRULY THE POINT OF NO RETURN IS UPON US.On the surface nothing looks any different, we haven’t seen land since day two just never-ending seas in their various states as far as the eye can see or massive black night skies peppered with a billion crystal clear stars. It’s still mostly stiflingly hot, scorching sunshine by day and somewhat cooler at night whilst staying humid and uncomfortable in the small, sweaty (and incre....
Date Posted: Monday, 10 December 2018 @ 15:01
Help! I’m leaving for Civvy Street! So you’re ready to cast off the comfortblanket of military life, move back to the civilian world and take the nextstep in your career. You’ve probably decided where you and thefamily want to settle, you may have even bought or rented a house, but when itcomes to applying for jobs and writing a CV to get you those all-importantinterviews, do you know where to start? How confident are you in selling yourskills and abilities to sh....
Date Posted: Monday, 24 September 2018 @ 15:47
Help! I’m leaving for Civvy Street!So you’re ready to cast off the comfortblanket of military life, move back to the civilian world and take the nextstep in your career. You’ve probably decided where you and thefamily want to settle, you may have even bought or rented a house, but when itcomes to applying for jobs and writing a CV to get you those all-importantinterviews, do you know where to start?How confident are you in selling yourskills and abilities to show how you c....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 22 August 2018 @ 10:57
OK so thetitle is a bit far fetched, but from the start of my military service inSeptember 1968, when I joined the Junior Leaders Regiment Royal Artillery,right through to the day I was finally discharged, my hearing was being damagedthroughout.  I remember well beingmeasured for my little pink plastic ‘ear defenders’, there we were lined upoutside the medical centre and along came the Army’s highly trained‘audiologist’ looking in each ear as he passed down the....
Date Posted: Thursday, 19 July 2018 @ 13:26
As an Administrative Assistant at the British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) - a Social Enterprise created to help the Armed Forces Community with their transition into civilian life – Natasha Hope feels she has found her niche at work.Natasha (18) from Nuneaton, says she has “moderate learning difficulties”, but since she started working for BFRS as an apprentice two months ago, she has grown in confidence. Natasha loves her new job, which includes inputting dat....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 17 July 2018 @ 13:34
On the 29th June 2018 I finally got my graduation for my Social Media and Digital Marketing course.I just want to say a big thank you to British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) and 3aaa's Apprenticeships for getting me through the course.It wasn't easy, and there was even times I just wanted to give up. But it's now all become worth it. Since complete the first course, it inspired me to move on to a Business Administration course and I have even considered doing the next level for Social Med....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 17 July 2018 @ 13:05
The BFRS Team beat the Beast from the East and now they have taken on the wolf run!On the 3rd June; Rob, Amanda, Alisha, Jay, Robbie and Danielle took part in the Wolf Run Challenge at Stanford Hall, Leicestershire to raise money for SSAFA. The Wolf Run is a 10k obstacle run which includes intricate trails, lakes, streams and man-made structures.The team raised £521 so far, however the JustGiving page is still open to anyone who would like to donate... https://www.justgiving.com/fundraisin....
Date Posted: Friday, 6 July 2018 @ 08:33
Thursday 5thJuly 2018: The inaugural intake ofservice leavers and veterans to graduate from the Forces Media Academy havebeen congratulated by The Duke of York at a graduation ceremony earlier today.The Forces Media Academyoffers service veterans the opportunity to study for a Higher NationalCertificate qualification in Creative Media Production, to gain access to anindustry where historically people with a military background have beenunder-represented. The Services Sound &Vision Corporatio....
Date Posted: Monday, 11 June 2018 @ 13:34
The BFRS team put themselves to the test, when they took on The Wolf Run on the 3rd June 2018, the demanding test of mental and physical endurance took place at Stanford Hall in Leicestershire, a fantastic area where wild springs and dense woodland makes the course both beautiful and challenging.      Intricate trails, lakes and streams are combined with impressive man made structures to provide a tough full body work out, so who had a brief moment of insanity and committed the....
Date Posted: Monday, 30 April 2018 @ 15:21
The BFRS team are doing the Summer Wolf Run for SSAFA because they are a great charity who help the AFC.The BFRS Team are putting themselves to the test, they’retaking on the Wolf Run Challenge on 3rd June 2018, this demandingtest of mental and physical endurance will take place at Stanford Hall inLeicestershire, a fantastic area where wild springs and dense woodland makethis course both beautiful and challenging.​ Intricate trails, lakes and streams are combined withimpress....
Date Posted: Thursday, 12 April 2018 @ 13:12
Reward for Forces are offering an offer for a 2 night stay at the 4* Crowne Plaza Royal Terrace.Since it first took place in 1950 over 12 million people have travelled to Edinburgh to see the spectacular that is the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Set against the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the Tattoo has an electric atmosphere, buzzing with visitors from across the globe all there to take part in this momentous event. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Crowne Plaza Royal Terrace ....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 4 April 2018 @ 09:55
"For many, the transition from military service into civilian life represents one of the most significant changes an individual and their family will ever experience. It is right that, as a Department, we provide as comprehensive a resettlement offers as possible, and I am proud of the work that we do, with partners such as the British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) organisation, to support our remarkable veterans and their loved ones." Lieutenant General Richard Nugee CVO CBE, Chief o....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 20 March 2018 @ 12:50
3rg Security - Close Protection Feedback"3rg Security are a fantastic company. During my time in the military I have attended plenty of course. I would suggest that this one was one of the best I have ever attended." B A"The instructors and staff were extremely knowledgeable and helpful throughout and delivered the content professionally at all times. If there were skills or content that I was unsure of they made it a priority to help me understand and implement the information during the variou....
Date Posted: Thursday, 8 March 2018 @ 13:13
 What kind of Veteran do you want to be?In my line of work I come across many transitioning and former service people and I am struck by how differently people 'identify' with their former lives.When I was a lad there were still lots of WW2 veterans around, mostly in their 50s-70s, and the only time you knew who they were was on Remembrance Day when they would pin on their medals and march (smartly) from the church to the war memorial before retiring to the Legion for a few pints. For ....
Date Posted: Thursday, 8 March 2018 @ 12:47
What is your background Danielle?I started my career within sales, recruitment specifically. I worked for Vodafone. I was made redundant then went to work for an agency that recruited for various large organisations. Disney was one of them, they were a really cool client. I then went onto work within an agency for the charity sector. I was recruiting people that were of the charity ilk, so that made a big difference as to the type of people I was recruiting.I did that for 5 years, then I realise....
Date Posted: Thursday, 8 February 2018 @ 14:18
MASSIVE NEWS!!!We are absolutely stoked to officially announce that we will be rowing with Rannoch Adventure! Our boat is under construction with them down in Essex and will be ready for the summer. We couldn’t be in better hands!! A massive thank you to all our amazing sponsors who’ve got us this far.. THANK YOU​     To be a part of Row4Victory's story or even donate and help them get there, click here...     Row4Victory's Sponsors so far... Barke....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 30 January 2018 @ 13:36
My First Road TripMy first road trip with Complete Training Solutions @ The BFRS National Employment & Careers fair in Aldershot.   Last week I was lucky enough to exhibit at my first Careers fair along with the expert resettlement team from Complete Training Solutions. I was so excited on the trip down for my first Careers fair that I didn't stop talking, at the expense of my team's ears. Just in case you are reading this and are a ELCAS, CTS and BFRS novice here's a heads up to kee....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 30 January 2018 @ 10:58
Team Row4Victory are four fearless friends from Yorkshire who will be putting their physical and mental strength to the test when they row 3,000 nautical miles across the ocean in aid of the Royal British Legion and in commemoration of the 100 years since the end of the Great War, in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge 2018. The team unites Royal Engineer (Sapper Duncan Roy), former Royal Marine (Lance Corporal Glyn Sadler), their civilian Skipper (Will Quarmby) and a serving Airman in ....
Date Posted: Monday, 29 January 2018 @ 14:48
As an emerging and rapidly growing Enforcement and Security Company, it is vital that our two Director’s micro-manage their time effectively.  Their roles are convoluted and require dedication to deliver the constant needs of our growth strategy to ensure we: apply consistent and timely service to our valued clients; manage our existing team; continually grow the team with new, high calibre, personnel;generate a constant stream of new clients.A pretty tall task for any business owner....
Date Posted: Monday, 22 January 2018 @ 10:25
How did you find being an Army wife Amanda?It had 2 sides, sometimes it was hard, because you had to do what you were told or you would get into trouble. If you had a rant on Facebook about your husband's boss, you had them calling you telling you to get rid of it, i did that once. Got into trouble. Was actually quite funny. I made some amazing friends that are like close family. You are closer to them than you are your friends on Civvy st because, your husbands are all in the same job, you all ....
Date Posted: Friday, 15 December 2017 @ 12:53
 Whilst the 2017 flotilla got started for this year’s TaliskerWhisky Atlantic Challenge, Fraser had the absolute pleasure to spend a day inthe company of British Rowing’s Master Coach, Eric Kent, on the Go Row IndoorWorkshop. It was a brilliant opportunity to get some top level techniquepointers and a great insight in to running a circuit training session for agroup on the Concept 2 rowing machines. The group also learned how to teach proper form and techniqueto newbies as ....
Date Posted: Thursday, 14 December 2017 @ 16:17
Twas the night before Christmas, he lived not alone,In a bombed-out house made of mud & stone.I had come down the chimney with presents to give and to see just who in this home did live.I looked all about a strange sight I did see, no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand, on the wall hung webbing and rifles in hands.No medals or badges, awards of all kind a sober thought came through my mind.For this house was different, so dark and dreary....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 13 December 2017 @ 15:42
I arrived in Israel in the early hours of the morning and instantly fell in love with the country. I stopped for a coffee in the airport and watched the world go by before heading to Abraham Hostel in the centre of Jerusalem. I unpacked and headed straight to a tour of Jerusalem with our guide Yan, a fascinating city steeped in history with so much to do and see.Everyone said to me "you're volunteering, you have to do it properly and stay in a shared hostel". My first night didn't start off too ....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 12 December 2017 @ 15:43
Military Service QuestionnaireAbout five years ago, I started to become aware of a very special generation of British Army Soldiers. Those who joined up in the late 1980's and then served a full 22 year career, did so during an unprecedented time in history. After the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, most of those in the military (author included) wondered, "What's next?".As the perceived threat from Communist Russia seemed to fade away and politicians talked of a 'peace dividend', young men just ....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 28 November 2017 @ 15:58
Win a FREE Elliot Brown Watch! These award-winning watches shrug offharsh elements and are relied upon for ocean crossings, mountain rescues, andjust about any kind of extreme or arduous adventure. A perfect watch foranyone, any job in the forces, or any function in the mess.Answer this one question...Each watch must pass a rigorous testing regime includingimmersion in water, what depth are they tested at?​Submit your answer via email toinfo@bfrss.org.uk for your chance to win one of the fantast....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 14 November 2017 @ 08:03
It's been a busy old weekend for the Team this weekend.07:30hrs Friday morning saw Fraser braving the cold to start his first hour of the day on the Erg and ultimately managed to rack up a healthy 50 plus KM rowing 1 hour on 1 hour off for the next 8 hours. The brilliant volunteers from all around RAF Linton on Ouse managed to amass a total of over 128 KM rowed and £150 towards the campaign.We would love to give our thanks to all those who came over to offer their support and encouragement....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 7 November 2017 @ 14:37
Row4Victory - The Rannoch Open WeeSunday getting the team to the Rannoch open day was a mission! Dunc had to make the trip from North Devon to the Essex coast, Glyn and Will made the trip from North Yorkshire whilst Fraser had an ‘8 hour epic’ getting there via North Wales, so we did the only sensible thing we could… 4 hour team bonding session in a Jacuzzi at the amazing Creeksea Place Barns Gym.​ It was an early start Monday morning straight over to Rannoch Adventure as....
Date Posted: Monday, 16 October 2017 @ 11:55
Be part of a fun campaign this festive season toensure our wounded ex-servicemen and women don’t spend another Christmas apartfrom their loved ones. Military charity Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) supported 1,180 ex-servicemen and women in 2016, an increase of 97% on the previous year. WWTW hoping to raise vital funds this Christmas for our wounded ex-servicemen and women. Those who sign up to the Christmas appeal will be supporting our wounded as well as reducing their own risk of d....
Date Posted: Monday, 9 October 2017 @ 12:12
BFRS have put together their Top 10 reasons to employ the Armed Forces. We will be sharing some valuable tips and hints on howto personally develop yourself to secure your dream job.Reason 1 & 2Leadership & Team Player​:The military trains people to lead by example as wellas through direction, motivation and inspiration. Ex-military personnel knowthat taking risks, stepping outside their comfort zones, and coming up withcreative ideas is what it’ll take to be a great team player. T....
Date Posted: Friday, 6 October 2017 @ 08:20
Afterfinishing his GCSEs Chris Norrisdecided going down the university route wasn’t to his taste so instead turnedhis pub restaurant summer job into a full-blown career. He climbedthe ladder at pub chain Whitbread working all over the UK before reaching theposition of general manager, but after eight years Chris decided it was a timefor a change and a new job back home in Newton Abbot, Devon. “I wanted tomove back to Devon with my girlfriend and have a better work/life bala....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 4 October 2017 @ 14:01
LifeWorks is a FULLY FUNDED 5 day course which equips ex-Armed Forces personnel with the tools to get into and maintain a civilian job that is appropriate for them.LifeWorks is available to anyone who has been in the Armed Forces, regardless of when and how long they served for.LifeWorks is run by Royal British Legion Industries and is for ex-Armed Forces personnel. Royal British Legion Industries is a national charity who have been providing care, support and employment to the Armed Forces Comm....
Date Posted: Monday, 11 September 2017 @ 12:12
It is nearly the 1st anniversary of my friend that passed away. She was a wife, a mum, a sister, daughter. She was called Kiley Atkinson (Smith) and we first met on that very first day of basic training, we clicked straight away due to both of us being from the North East. We went through basic training together, then we went onto trade training together and then we both got our first posting together to 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in Celle Germany. I couldn't have been ha....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 29 August 2017 @ 15:21
This week’s blog is about Lee Kennedy and how he went from Paratrooper to Entrupuner, Lee wrote this piece for his Linkedin page but when I read it I just knew I had to ask him if I could put it in my blog. I think when you have finished reading it you will agree with me that this is a true story of grit and determination to make his life for him and his family a great success. He talks openly about the struggles he faced when he left the forces to get to where he is now. I was lookin....
Date Posted: Thursday, 24 August 2017 @ 14:29
British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) are proud to announce they have been awarded a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award, for the commitment we have demonstrated in supporting the Armed Forces Community. The Fred Sherwood Group based in Shepshed, Armourgeddon Ltd of Lutterworth and the British Forces Resettlement Services in Leicester each employ either military service leavers or spouses of military families and each understand the valuable contribution that those ....
Date Posted: Monday, 14 August 2017 @ 15:04
My TransitionNeil Dean served in the Royal Artillery for 15 years, as a Command Post Detachment Commander. He served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq and various other places around the world.Why did you join the ArmyI grew up listening to my fathers and grandfathers' stories, I knew early on that it would also be a part of my​ life. It seemed like it would also be a part of my life. It seemed like it would be an adventure, that would provide me with a different challeng....
Date Posted: Monday, 14 August 2017 @ 14:58
I'm Robbie Watson; I served with 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment and 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment respectively. I joined January 2011 and left April 2016. I was a Section Commander and a Warrior Commander. How did you find your transition?I personally really struggled with the transition. I was too focused on trying to match my wages, rather than find something I would enjoy. I started working for YODEL as a delivery driver, I worked out after 6 weeks that it wasn't for me. I ....
Date Posted: Thursday, 3 August 2017 @ 07:47
Hire a Hero Career Coach Course20th July 2017 I attended a 1-day course that I have been looking forward too for quite a while. The course was a volunteer Career Coach for a great little charity that helps service leavers transition into civilian street. The role of career coach is a  role that I can not wait to start. You see Hire a Hero helped me back in October 2013 when I left the Army after 12 years of service. I turned to them for help, I stumbled across them via google. I sent an ema....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 6 June 2017 @ 09:08
One of the ladies I work with is ex RAF. we have spoken a lot about our transition and how we both found it. It was interesting to hear her experience, especially as the Army always think the RAF get looked after better. So I asked her if she would mind writing a blog for me on how why she left the RAF after 19 years and how she found the transition. It was interesting to see that we both felt let down by CTW/CTP and there is no real support for service leavers from them. We both went through th....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 30 May 2017 @ 15:47
My Transition"Living the life of an 'Army Brat' has its ups and downs. You make many amazing friends that become your family, they understand everything you're going through; these friends can also be taken away from you so quickly."When your parents are in the Army you are moved around quite regularly. This made it extremely difficult for me to make friends. I was always waiting for the moment I had to say goodbye to them, because either one of us would move away. The friends you do make s....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 24 May 2017 @ 16:00
Since leaving the Army I have had a lot of people message me saying that they are leaving the Army or thinking of leaving and what advice can I can give them. So I thought I would put my advice in a blog so anyone who is leaving or thinking of leaving this may just help.When I started the process of leaving the Army, the first thing I did was contact the local Career Transition Workshop. They are part of CTP, The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is a partnering agreement between the Ministry ....
Date Posted: Thursday, 4 May 2017 @ 08:41
Being social when leaving the forces, is an important part of your job search strategy and therefore should be integrated into your processes.        We use social media in our personal lives on a day to day basis. Checking and updating Facebook, following on Twitter.The world is changing at a speed so fast that for most it’s hard to keep up. Social media technologies take on many different forms other than Facebook and Twitter, they include mag....
Date Posted: Wednesday, 3 May 2017 @ 14:10
Employers will not hire Veterans, employers hire well prepared candidates, who add value to their company.More and more companies are committed to hiring people from the Armed Forces Community (AFC). This doesn’t provide the AFC with an advantage over other candidates applying for the same job, it does mean you are going to get the same opportunity, go through the same application process.In the Forces we are provided with the same training and it’s natural for some to succeed better....