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Date Posted: Wednesday, 11 December 2019 @ 13:34
South Yorkshire Police joined in the Invictus Games Trials celebrations on 25 July 2019 by signing the national Armed Forces Covenant.By signing the covenant, the force has pledged its commitment to supporting armed forces veterans, recognising the value they contribute and acknowledging that serving personnel and military families should be treated with fairness and respect.Moving forward, the force has pledged to: Support the employment of vete...
Date Posted: Monday, 9 December 2019 @ 15:50
Entrain Space - The UK's first residential program of enterprise training for veterans is now open and taking applications. Entrain Space is designed to meet the needs of veterans transitioning from the military. When serving in the Forces, the time and space needed to focus on a future civilian life is often at a premium. Entrain Space exists to provide exactly that – time and space to retrain, to start a career and to reconnect with ...
Date Posted: Monday, 11 November 2019 @ 08:07
Members of the armed forces lead the nation in commemorating the servicemen and women killed in all conflicts since the First World War.This year also marks the 75th anniversaries of numerous battles such as D-Day, Kohima, Arnhem and Monte Cassino.Personnel from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force were present at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London, as members of the Royal Family and senior politicians laid wreaths after the two minute...
Date Posted: Thursday, 7 November 2019 @ 11:35
Soldier of The Essex Regiment and an unknown soldier of an unknown regiment, who were killed during the Great War, were finally laid to rest with full military honours.On Tuesday 5 November, on what was the Western Front just over a century ago, a soldier of The Essex Regiment and an unknown soldier of an unknown regiment, who were killed during the Great War, were finally laid to rest with full military honours. The ceremony took place at the Co...
Date Posted: Friday, 1 November 2019 @ 11:06
The Defence Transition Service will support people as they transition to civilian life.Military personnel and their families are to receive enhanced support from the MOD as they re-join civilian life, the Defence Secretary has announced today.The expanded support includes the launch a new organisation, the Defence Transition Services, which will provide comprehensive support to service leavers.Dedicated MOD staff across the co...
Date Posted: Thursday, 31 October 2019 @ 12:57
The MOD is investing £3 billion in nine state-of-the-art jets which will enhance the UK’s tracking of hostile maritime targets, protect the British continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent and play a central role in NATO missions across the North Atlantic.Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:"The arrival of the world-class Poseidon aircraft marks a step-change in the UK’s maritime patrol capability.""Using the world’s most advanc...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 30 October 2019 @ 15:44
The work was carried out on the Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV) by about 50 Babcock International employees plus specialist sub-contractors.The Rosyth team upgraded the ship’s sonar and communications systems, overhauled her propulsion systems and generators, and improved her fresh water tanks.Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:"The HMS Pembroke refit is another example of the impressive engineering skills of our Sc...
Date Posted: Thursday, 24 October 2019 @ 10:37
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is funding seven projects aimed at improving the welfare of Armed Forces personnel, it can today be announced.Nearly £1m is being invested to further develop and trial cutting-edge artificial intelligence, psychological, and neuroscience tools and technology such as brain scanners in a bid to boost the training, wellbeing, and mental health support offered to personnel.Minister for Defence People ...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 22 October 2019 @ 14:01
A government scheme to help military personnel get on the housing ladder has been extended until the end of 2022, the Defence Secretary has announced.The Forces Help to Buy scheme has lent over £280 million to over 18,000 armed forces applicants since its introduction in 2014.The scheme allows military personnel to borrow a deposit of up to half of their annual salary, interest free, to contribute towards buying a home, building an extensio...
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...