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Date Posted: Wednesday, 16 October 2019 @ 08:17
The new office sits within the Cabinet Office and will pull together all functions of government, and better co-ordinate charity sector provision. Most senior officer injured in combat in Afghanistan, who went on to become Director of Recovery at Help for Heroes, is heading up the OVA The new office sits within the Cabinet Office and will pull together all functions of government, and better co-ordinate charity sector provision The OVA has been t...
Date Posted: Monday, 14 October 2019 @ 10:44
Flown by Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pilots, the Lightning jets are embarking in the 65,000 tonne carrier to conduct operational trials off the East Coast of the USA.This follows successful developmental trials last year with US Lightning jets, where forces conducted 500 take offs and landings over their 11-week period at sea.These trials are aimed at ‘end-to-end’ testing of the aircraft and personnel to ensure the a...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 8 October 2019 @ 15:19
The Social Mobility Foundation has this morning published its annual Social Mobility Index, ranking the Army as 55th and the RAF as 76th. The Ministry of Defence has also been listed 35th.The Social Mobility Index lists organisations that have taken substantial action to improve social mobility in their workplace. The index ranks employers on the actions they are taking to ensure they are open to and accessible to progressing talent from all back...
Date Posted: Friday, 4 October 2019 @ 08:17
The partnership between the RAF and Virgin Orbit was unveiled at the Air and Space Power conference in July. Following a tough selection process, Air Vice-Marshal Simon ‘Rocky’ Rochelle and Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart have announced that Flight Lieutenant Mathew ‘Stanny’ Stannard had been selected.Flt Lt. Stannard is currently a Typhoon pilot with one of the RAF’s test and evaluation squadrons and is expected to join t...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 1 October 2019 @ 09:44
The Chancellor yesterday announced his intention to lower the age threshold for the National Living Wage to 21, accepting advice from the Low Pay Commission.In his speech to the Conservative Party conference, the Chancellor today announced his intention to reduce the age threshold for the National Living Wage (NLW), so that it applies to those aged 23 and over from 2021, and to those aged 21 and over within five years.This follows a review of the...
Date Posted: Monday, 30 September 2019 @ 15:30
Representatives – from participating states of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) – have been to 16 Air Assault Brigade in Colchester and RAF Marham in in Norfolk. The programme also included a day at RAF Lakenheath, hosted by the USA.The visitors, largely arms control experts, were given the opportunity to see front line units operating the latest equipment and platforms including air assault demonstratio...
Date Posted: Friday, 27 September 2019 @ 09:07
Ex-Service personnel make up 3 per cent of those accessing homelessness services in England. That translates to over 1,000 ex-Service personnel classed as homeless, and up to 4,000 requiring urgent support to find accommodation, every year.In 2018 together with the Cobseo Housing Cluster ​Stoll began a campaign to reduce homelessness among Veterans as close to zero as possible.Stoll and Riverside commissioned research, funded by th...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 25 September 2019 @ 16:09
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Date Posted: Friday, 20 September 2019 @ 08:15
Could autonomous vehicles save the lives of forces personnel? This was just one of the questions being answered during a joint experiment recently between the UK and US Armed Forces.The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Ground Vehicle Systems Centre (formerly known as TARDEC), have hosted an experiment of prototype semi-autonomous logistic convoys, along wi...
Date Posted: Thursday, 19 September 2019 @ 10:32
A brandnew ‘one-stop-shop’ website, Forces Families Jobs (FFJ), went live on 17thSeptember, providing free access to employment and training opportunities tofamilies in the UK’s Armed Forces.Finding employment:Familiescan apply for jobs with companies and organisations who are ‘Forces family’friendly – who understand the unique challenges that come with being a familymember in the Armed Forces. They can use thi...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 18 September 2019 @ 11:58
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, are set to soar over British Columbia as part of their biggest-ever tour to North America.With one week to go, further details of the Red Arrows visit to Vancouver and a flypast over Victoria are being released. They include a number of opportunities for the public to engage directly with the Red Arrows pilots and engineers prior to a special back-to-back flypast over both the Victoria and Vanco...
Date Posted: Monday, 9 September 2019 @ 14:09
1,000 BritishMilitary Personnel were deployed to the Caribbean in 2017 to assist afterHurricanes Irma and Jose.  They have beendeployed again to provide support in the Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian.  The Armed Forces Community (AFC) are able toadapt to any given situation, coping under extreme pressures.  The skills needed in situations like theseand civilian life, prepares the AFC to always ready for what is thrown at them.Briti...
Date Posted: Monday, 2 September 2019 @ 15:43
Office for Veterans’ Affairs will coordinate activity and existing funding to ensure ex-service people get access to medical treatment, training and housing.Ministers have wasted no time in backing up their promise to tackle the challenges faced by our nation’s proud veterans – securing a £5 million funding boost in this week’s spending round, to be announced by Chancellor Sajid Javid on Wednesday.The cash, won by th...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 28 August 2019 @ 13:58
UK Government Minister for Wales Kevin Foster MP will visit Merthyr Tydfil to celebrate UK Defence’s contribution to Welsh prosperity today, Wednesday, 28 August 2019.More than 700 workers at the General Dynamics UK facilities in Merthyr Tydfil and Oakdale are assembling, integrating and testing AJAX, the UK’s first fully-digital Armoured Fighting Vehicle.The 589 AJAX vehicles will serve mainly as a reconnaissance vehicle at the heart...
Date Posted: Thursday, 22 August 2019 @ 13:12
100 employers are being recognised today by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace for their outstanding support for the armed forces community by being awarded an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award.They will be presented with their awards on 12 November 2019 at the National Army Museum in London.The Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards represent the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support thos...