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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...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 19 December 2017 @ 13:41
Thanks to the Warrior Challenge, a triathlon carried out by two veterans of the Afghan War which raised £52,000 for solder charities, today five British Army families will embark on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Lapland to meet Santa Claus. Each family was chosen at random and all have been affected in some way from the aftermath of the war in Afghanistan. The group departed from Liverpool John Lennon Airport this morning and will be spendin...
Date Posted: Monday, 21 August 2017 @ 13:30
LiverpoolCity Council has launched its own advice and support website for personnelleaving the Armed Forces.Thesite – www.serviceleaversliverpool.co.uk – has been developedas part of the council’s responsibility under the Armed Forces Covenant and hasbeen driven by the local authority’s Making it Happen Group for Armed ForcesCommunitiesProgress achieved by thecity, which includes hosting this year’s Armed F...
Date Posted: Friday, 21 July 2017 @ 09:54
A Nuneaton-based social enterprise is smoothing the way for business to benefit from the vast range of skills held by former military personnel.Last year more than 15,000 people left the armed forces - collectively making a huge array of skills and expertise newly-available to the job market.But for some ex-members of the forces, despite them being well-equipped to offer much to potential employers, the process of readjusting to civilian life aft...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 30 August 2016 @ 11:27
Prince Harry has called for a new honour to be created for members of the armed forces who have been injured while fighting – similar to the US Purple Heart Medal.The prince, a former Apache helicopter pilot who served in Afghanistan, left the Army last year after a decade and has since been prominent campaigner to support injured soldiers.Thousands of British soldiers are now thought to be living with both physical and mental scars as...