Wednesday, 30 October 2013

ForcesWatch say

A report published by ForcesWatch has warned that the recruitment of under 18s into the Armed Forces should stop because they are at increased risk of developing mental health problems post-deployment. In response the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Inappropriate behaviour

A story in this weekend's Mail on Sunday claims that members of the UK Armed Forces are under investigation after they were photographed allegedly performing a 'Nazi-style salute' in Afghanistan. The MoD has issued a statement saying: "The images are... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Grandson returns wartime bible he took to Afghanistan

A soldier is returning his grandfather’s Second World War bible after having carried it through a six month operational tour in Helmand Province. Cpl David Coles, of the Royal Military Police, will return the service bible to his grandfather... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Monday, 28 October 2013

Does your child's school/academy know about extra money from the MoD?

MOD Provides Extra Funding to UK State Schools and Academies. The Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) is the MoD’s lead for all issues regarding Service children and young people who belong to the Armed Forces community. The DCYP on behalf of... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Reserves parachute into Central London

Reserves dropped from the skies on Saturday into one of the largest Armed Forces recruitment events London has ever seen, to help boost national Reserves recruiting drives. The Reserves recruitment event at... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Friday, 25 October 2013

If you wish to rent a home in Wales...

HOMES TO RENT IN WALES VIA THE MOD REFERRAL SCHEME. The Welsh Government have allocated £2M of funding to buy 1, 2 and 3 bed properties for Service leavers and veterans to rent.  The stipulation is that the money must... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF Prestwick exercises its Freedom of South Ayrshire for the final time

RAF Prestwick has exercised its Freedom of South Ayrshire for the last time to mark the closure of the Unit. The RAF has had a continuous presence in the town of Ayr since 1936. The announcement of the closure of RAF Prestwick as... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Poppy Girls launch this years Appeal

A pop concert for Armed Forces families will kick off the Poppy Appeal 2013 today. Organised by the Royal British Legion the focus of this year’s appeal is Armed Forces families. Thousands of service... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Stunning

The winners of the RAF photographic competition are announced. The RAF has celebrated the production of some of its finest operational, sporting and artistic imagery in its annual photographic competition. The event culminated... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF Reservist offer that 'can do attitude' to business

Wg Cdr John Riddell of the RAF Presentation Team and Simon Wilkinson, Chairman of the Buckinghamshire Reserve Forces and Cadets Association talk about... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Insight into RAF Officer Selection and Training

Available on youtube are RAF videos of RAF Officer Selection and RAF Initial Officer Training... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Insight into Recruit Training at RAF Halton

22 Trg Gp has issued a youtube clip giving a detailed insight into Recruit Training at RAF Halton for anyone thinking of joining. Parents may also wish to... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Bring hackers into the Cyber Reserve says Minister

The Joint Cyber Reserve Unit set up to protect the UK against cyber attack is looking at its recruiting policy and Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, is not prepared to rule out the use of convicted 'hackers' to... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF Photographic Competition

The RAF photographic competition results will be announced today. The shortlisted photographs appear... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF come to the assistance of the RN

During a routine training exercise in Glen Coe over the weekend, the crew of a Royal Navy search and rescue Sea King from HMS Gannet in Prestwick identified a defect and landed the aircraft as a precautionary... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Protect yourself when using the internet

There are some very simple guidelines we can follow to protect ourselves when using the internet. At the start of Get Safe Online Week, new research by not-for-profit organisation getsafeonline.org has revealed... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Monday, 21 October 2013

RAF Medical Services see off NHS Trusts to scoop Award

The RAF Medical Services saw off tough competition from eight NHS trusts to scoop the prize for Workforce Efficiency at the Health Service Journal Efficiency Awards. The focus of the category-winning project was... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Friday, 18 October 2013

Partner Employment - MoD FEEDBACK and thanks

THANK YOU FOR YOUR VIEWS. In Jul and Aug 13, the RAF, Army and Naval Families Federations, in collaboration with MoD, ran an online survey of the partners of service personnel. The survey focused on UK and overseas employment and... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Lord Ashcroft's official review of transition

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC is asking former Service personnel and their families what more could be done to improve the transition to civilian life for those leaving the Armed Forces. Lord Ashcroft was appointed last year as the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link
The Combined Services Disabled Ski Team 2013/14 squad has been announced and includes a skier tipped for paralympic glory. The new squad is determined to build on the success of last season, which saw them achieve excellent results in the world... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Thursday, 17 October 2013

RAF look to work more closely with the French

The head of the French Air Force joined Britain’s Chief of the Air Staff to view the achievements of a joint UK-French team preparing to work together on possible future operations. General Denis Mercier and Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford visited... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

RAF Festival of Motorsports from Goodwood.

The RAF Motor Sports Association (RAFMSA) has been active since 1961 and encourages participation in motor sports events at local, Inter-Service, national and international level. The Goodwood race circuit in... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

The Defence Secretary visits RAF Wyton

Service personnel from RAF Wyton and Joint Forces Intelligence Group have been honoured in a medal presentation attended by the Right Honourable Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Defence. Ten Servicemen and... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

New courses give partners the skills and confidence to find employment.

RBLI has been awarded £250,000 from the Armed Forces Covenant LIBOR Fund to help service family members find and secure sustainable employment. Video: Meridian News covers the story - For Army read Armed Forces... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Dog-fighting in the skies above Northern England

British and French jets have been practising their dog-fighting skills in the skies above northern England. State-of-the-art RAF Typhoons and... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Hundreds of service families given leg up the housing ladder

New figures show that, over the last 2 years, more than 780 armed forces households have either bought or reserved a new home through FirstBuy and its successor Help to Buy: equity loan. Both initiatives intended to help people purchase a new build home with a fraction... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Revision of some Allowances

On 20 Jun 11 an announcement was made detailing changes to Armed Forces allowances required to deliver the SDSR savings. These changes were implemented in two stages on 1 May 11 and 1 Apr 12 and are not part of the New Employment Model (NEM) programme. Since then... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

"I love your English fried breakfast..."

Question: what is green, steamy and travels at 534 meals an hour? Answer... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Friday, 11 October 2013

Do you see yourself on the stage?

Budding actors, singers & backstage crew, aged 13-24 wanted now for…THE HEROES STORYBOOK. An inspirational new play created by young people, for young people. If you... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF Brize Norton personnel cycle to raise money for OCCTOPUS

RAF Brize Norton personnel from Logistics Sqn and Parachute Engineering Sqn arranged and have taken part in a 27 mile Charity Bike Ride in memory of Chris Moffatt, who sadly... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Could you handle the pressure of an RAF Typhoon?

Yesterday saw visitors to The Science Museum experience the thrill of flight in a RAF Typhoon Simulator, whilst talking to the pilots Flt Lt Jamie Norris, the 2013 display pilot, and Sqn boss Wg Cdr Graham Pemberton, who fly them as... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Mental health app for Service personnel now available on Android

A successful mental health support app has been released on Android devices for Armed Forces personnel wherever they are across the world. 10 Oct 13, was... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Dornier Do17 - Bringing history alive

The RAF Museum is using cutting edge digital technology to share its newly acquired exhibit – the Dornier Do17 bomber - with the world. In June the Museum successfully... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Brave brothers of the RAF Police

The military has always had proud traditions of families following each other into service and also offering a chance to make more out of life. Both are apparent in the story of... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Defence challenges for an independent Scotland

The Scotland analysis paper on Defence, published 8 Oct 13, highlights the extent to which an independent Scotland would no longer benefit from the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Anna Soubry to become first female Defence Minister

In his reshuffle of ministers, David Cameron has appointed MP for Broxtowe, Anna Soubry to becomes the first female MP to be made a defence minister. Anna Soubry moves... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

617 Sqn run 700 miles just before their last deployment

The endurance challenge - the Dambusters Run – will be the last UK call of action 617 Sqn undertakes before heading off to Afghanistan for their final tour of duty, and will help raise much-needed funds for... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Monday, 7 October 2013

RAF and French Air Force spearhead major military exercise

RAF personnel have teamed up with their French counterparts to spearhead a major military exercise which started on Sunday. The 11-day event... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Friday, 4 October 2013

"Mental health support of our Service personnel is a top priority"

The Telegraph reports that the number of servicemen and women with mental health disorders has risen. In response the MoD issued the following statement:  "The data has been... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Face-to-face support meetings for family members of injured personnel

Ripple Pond groups are for family members of those who have been impacted by events experienced by physical injury or emotional trauma, while serving in the UK Armed Forces, however long ago and in whatever... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Flt Lt Chris Gent commended for his skill

A RAF Chinook pilot who skilfully guided his helicopter through dense fog to try and save an Afghan soldier’s life has been awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in the Air. 31-year-old, Chinook Pilot, Flt Lt Chris Gent, of 27 Sqn at RAF Odiham, was... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Operational Honours for the RAF - Oct 2013

Operational Honours for the RAF - Oct 2013. Operational Honours - Oct 2013. Armed Forces Operational Awards List No 41. Afghanistan. Distinguished Flying Cross. Flight Lieutenant... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Thursday, 3 October 2013

It's like October but without the cigarettes

For the past month, military muscle has been pushing a giant red ‘Stop’ inflatable disk around the country to raise awareness of the campaign and to mark the countdown to the official start of the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

RAF Merlins are back from 10 years of continual ops

The RAF Merlin Force is celebrating its return from 10 years of continual operational deployments following the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The RAF Merlins, based at RAF Benson, first deployed to Bosnia in 2003 and have since... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Money available for RAF sports clubs, societies and sqns

RAF Community Support administers funding provided by both the RAF Central Fund and the Nuffield Trust. Whilst RAF Community Support has already hosted the final Central Fund Grants Committee meeting of the year, there are still opportunities available to... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

UK hands over patrol Base Ouellette to Afghan forces

British troops have handed over control of Patrol Base Ouellette to the Afghan National Civil Order Police. The base, which is situated on Route 611 in the district of Nahr-e Saraj, has been... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

FT Magazine interviews Emma Egging

The Financial Times magazine has published an interview with Emma Egging, the wife of RAF Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging, who was killed when his Hawk jet crashed after... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Risk from anti-malaria medication

The Independent has reported that military personnel are being put at risk because MoD still prescribes the anti-malaria drug mefloquine. In response the MoD issues the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link