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Date Posted: Friday, 7 June 2019 @ 10:51
Before reaching the Royal Family and massed crowds waiting at Buckingham Palace at 1 pm, the flypast will form up at Southwold, Suffolk and route via Ipswich, passing close to Colchester and Chelmsford and entering London south of Stapleford Aerodrome. Having overflown the Palace, the Red Arrows will fly south for another display while most of the remaining aircraft will continue past Northolt and Wendover, finally parting ways in ...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 5 June 2019 @ 14:12
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (theTrust) is delighted to have made the first ever awards under the Veterans’Community Centres Programme, with 11 worthy projects taking a share of justover £220,000 to improve the facilities available to veterans in their localcommunities. Whether new carpets, repairs to a roof,disabled access, improved lighting and more – the Trust has supported projects who’veshown that funding is t...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 28 May 2019 @ 11:15
The Prime Minister hascommissioned Mark Francois MP to produce an independent report to improveretention within the Armed Services. The Naval Families Federation (NFF) wasdelighted to host Mr Francois and his team, along with a group of Servicespouses, partners and dual serving couples at HMS EXCELLENT on Thursday 23rdMay. To collect evidence for ‘Stick or Twist’, an independentreport on retention, Mark Francois MP and his resear...
Date Posted: Monday, 29 April 2019 @ 12:49
A British soldier was killed in action in October 1944 and for just over 70 years he lay where he fell until his remains were uncovered in 2015. Several years’ worth of research has produced a short list of potential candidates that may help uncover the identity of this brave man.The MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) is searching for male family members of 2 of the potential candidates who were from Manchester....
Date Posted: Tuesday, 26 March 2019 @ 08:00
A teenager fromPreston is aiming to become the youngest soldier in the world, and the thirdyoungest person ever, to row across the Atlantic Ocean.17-year-old KianHelm, a Kingsman undergoing training to join the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment,has embarked upon a gruelling fitness regime with three other servicemen to getready for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in late-December.“I’m lookingforward to working together as a te...
Date Posted: Monday, 25 March 2019 @ 10:06
A RAF aircraft will help deliver up to 20 tonnes of UK aid supplies to those affected by the devastating cyclone that has struck Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced today (Sunday, 24 March 2019).The A400M Atlas aircraft will help provide critical humanitarian aid from the Department for International Development (DFID) for survivors of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique.The Government of Mozambique has declar...
Date Posted: Friday, 15 March 2019 @ 11:10
More than 10,000 military personnel, 35 warships, 5 submarines and 59 aircraft and helicopters from 13 countries will take part in Exercise Joint Warrior until 11 April.The aim of Joint Warrior is to allow the UK’s Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and their allies to conduct joint operations involving different forces and units and against a range of current and future threats.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson MP said:"The UK military is ...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 13 March 2019 @ 13:01
The 6-partseries, which followed the journey of a squad of teenage civilians throughtheir transition to become trained soldiers, proved to be a hit with itsChannel 5 audience, primarily because it exposed the viewers to the successesand failures of some great characters and perhaps debunked some of the mythsthat still prevail around the Army’s training system.Lt Col RichHall MBE, Commanding Officer of the College – “We decided r...
Date Posted: Monday, 11 March 2019 @ 16:14
The 3rd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles will be established as a Specialised Infantry Battalion and will begin recruiting in 2019.The 3rd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles will join other members of the Specialist Infantry Group, to complete plans set out in the 2015 Defence Review to establish up to five Specialised Infantry Battalions. These specialised Infantry Battalions are designed to provide expert capacity building and training skills with a fo...
Date Posted: Monday, 4 March 2019 @ 16:24
The Prime Minister has today (4 March 2019) visited Salisbury exactly a year after a chemical weapon was used on the streets of the city to target Sergei and Yulia Skripal.Theresa May visited local businesses and the historic cathedral to be updated on the work being done to help the city recover from the reckless attack.She also met some of those most closely affected by last year’s incidents in Salisbury and Amesbury, including residents ...
Date Posted: Thursday, 28 February 2019 @ 13:49
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published more details on the future of DWP jobcentres.Damian Hinds, Minister for Employment (July 2016 to January 2018), said:"We will always make sure that people have the support they need to get into and progress within work. These changes reflect the fact that more people access their benefits online resulting in many of our buildings being underused.""The changes DWP is maki...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 27 February 2019 @ 13:57
Four British Royal Navy veterans were awarded France’s highest honour today for their service in helping to liberate France almost 75 years ago.​The French government awarded medals to Denis Haley, Charles Kavanagh, Patrick Reardon and John Nicholls, who all took part in the allied Normandy Landings, as a way of honouring them for risking their lives to secure France’s liberation in the Second World War.Since June 2014, more than six ...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 14 August 2018 @ 14:40
The Behavioural Insights Team are looking to speak to families of Veterans who have recently left the Armed Forces in the last 5 years. What is the research about?The purpose of this research is to better our understanding of how families experience transition out of the Armed Services. This will explore any obstacles they face, how they access support and any recommendations they may have.What is being asked of me?We would like to interview...
Date Posted: Thursday, 5 April 2018 @ 13:56
The 2018 Commonwealth Games are underway on Australia's Gold Coast.14 serving athletes or veterans will be going for glory, with all four of the home nations represented.Army boxing star Alanna Nihell, the sole forces boxer competing, will be looking for an upgrade on the bronze she won at the Glasgow Games four years ago.The lance corporal has the honour of being the Northern Ireland women's team captain.​​​ Troops will be aiming for p...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 3 January 2018 @ 15:48
TheForces Media Academy is inviting applications from service leavers, veterans,and reservists to embark on a free one-year Higher National Certificate (HNC)Media Production Course.TheAcademy, which is part of the Services Sound & Vision Corporation (SSVC),provides 15 ex-service personnel per year with the training, experience andqualifications they need to forge successful careers in the media, whether videography,digital, TV or radio.Theacc...