Army 'faces cuts of 10,000 soldiers' in audit next month
Army 'faces cuts of 10,000 soldiers' in audit next month... but will pay serving squaddies up to £12,000 each in 'finders' fee' to hire musicians
- Experts fear the Integrated Review, due to be delivered next month, will call for the Army to be reduced to 72,000 soldiers
- This is despite repeated Government pledges to keep a permanent force of 82,000 troops
- Meanwhile, for every musician who joins and completes military training, troops will get £1,500, up to maximum of eight new recruits
I'm waiting for the actual announcement (while monitoring Pinstripe and Wavell).This is precisely what I was referencing last month or so, when I mentioned I have no idea HOW to understand the current state of the British MoD.
In one announcement, they are receiving an extra $4 Billion (GBP) a year for the next several years, guaranteed and funded. In the next announcement, they are cutting 10,000 soldiers.
In one announcement, the $4 Billion is to go towards maintaining & modernizing equipment, and to keeping personnel numbers where they are. The next announcement, they are thinking of scrapping their entire MBT fleet.
Like are they getting more money, or are they not? How are their announcements always in such polar contrasts to each other?
Oh man........................how can I respond to this.Woman found in Royal Navy engineer's wardrobe after two weeks
An investigation has been launched after a Royal Navy engineer reportedly snuck a woman into his barracks and hid her in a wardrobe for two weeks.
The engineer is reported to have had the woman - a foreign national - hidden in the boot of his car when he returned to base.
According to The Sun an investigation was launched after reports of a smell coming from the man's accommodation.
An anonymous source told The Sun: “She was an unauthorised foreign national on Ministry of Defence property. It’s an astonishing breach and terrifying to think what she could have accessed.
Woman found in Royal Navy engineer's wardrobe after two weeks
. . . snuck a woman into his barracks and hid her in a wardrobe for two weeks.
Labour shadow Foreign Secretary praises calls for British Army to be replaced with a 'gender-balanced human security force' in new woke row
By GLEN OWEN and BRENDAN CARLIN FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
- Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy in fresh woke row after praising report replacing Armed Forces with gender-balanced human security’ corps
- 'Inspired' by report by Open Labour group which said 'UK no longer great power’
- Former Defence Minister and MP Kevan Jones branded the report ‘naive rubbish’
PUBLISHED: 17:39 EST, 23 January 2021 | UPDATED: 17:44 EST, 23 January 2021
Labour’s Lisa Nandy is at the centre of a new row over ‘wokery’ after praising a report which suggested replacing Britain’s Armed Forces with a ‘gender-balanced human security’ corps.
The Shadow Foreign Secretary faced ridicule after helping to launch a report by the Open Labour group which said the main job of the forces should be to ‘dampen down violence rather than intervene on one side or the other’.
Ms Nandy, 41, said she was ‘inspired’ by the pamphlet, which included the argument that that ‘the UK is no longer a great power’ and cited ‘countries like [the] Scandinavians’ as a model for the UK’s role in the world.
She told last month’s launch: ‘I hear it a lot on the Tory benches, this idea of a country that ruled the waves.
'Rule Britannia… I think that’s given way to a nostalgia rooted in the history of the Second World War that somehow says that we’re a small island nation that goes out punching above its weight, without ever really stopping to ask why on earth it is that we’re punching at all.’
'Prove our military is strong enough': Labour demands annual report on the fighting capacities of our Armed Forces amid shortage of battle-ready troops
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
- Labour Party wants ministers to report annually on military's fighting strength
- Daily Mail revealed over weekend that 32 of 33 battalions are short of personnel
- Infantry needs 14,984 soldiers but has only 11,301 who can be sent to battlefield
Labour will today try to compel ministers to report annually on the fighting strength of the military.
The party’s defence spokesman John Healey will attempt to introduce the requirement by amending the Armed Forces Bill, which will be debated in the Commons.
It comes after the Daily Mail revealed on Saturday that 32 of 33 infantry battalions are short of battle-ready personnel.
A leaked MoD document – titled ‘Infantry Battalion Soldier Strength Summary, January 2021’ – listed how many soldiers each of the battalions needs.
The infantry as a whole needs 14,984 soldiers but has only 11,301 who could be sent to the battlefield, according to the report.
A target to avoid reducing the size of the Army to below 82,000 has not been met, with numbers falling to 75,310 last year.
Mr Healey said last night: ‘The strength of our forces should rightly be set by a full assessment of the security threats we face... our adversaries will exploit continuing holes in our capability. The UK needs a proper defence strategy without further delay.
‘Labour also wants to ensure the Government’s Armed Forces Bill will deliver step-change improvements in work and living conditions for the forces, veterans and their families.’
Applications to join the Army are, however, at a five-year high.
Lord Kim Darroch, a former UK ambassador to the US, warned last week that further cuts to the British Army could put trans-Atlantic defence relations at risk, with Washington already concerned that the Army is too small.
Reports have surfaced that the Army could be trimmed of 10,000 soldiers as military bosses weigh up shifting to technology such as drones to replace manpower in an integrated review which is under way.
"I would be really worried about reducing further the size of the British Army," he told the Commons Defence Committee.
"If we do this then it could potentially be quite risky to our reputation in Washington."
He told MPs that secretaries of defence in the Trump and Obama administrations used to tell him the Army was "already too small" and it had been a "big mistake" to take numbers down to 80,000.
In November, the Prime Minister set out a £16.5 billion increase in defence spending over four years as he said the UK faced a "perilous" period for global security.
Not a Labour Party fan but this actually sounds like a good idea.
Usual Sun caveats apply.British Royal Navy Lieutenant Claire Jenkins allegedly filmed porn films with her parter, Leading Seaman Liam Doddington, inside Her Majesty's Naval Base, Clyde located at Faslane on Scotland's Gare Loch. HMNB Clyde is where the Royal Navy stores its nuclear submarines and nuclear weapons. Jenkins reportedly posted the clips to her Only Fans site ...