The Duke of Edinburgh is to travel to Fallingbostel in Germany on 12th June to present medals to the 4th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, it was announced today. Prince Philip, who will have celebrated his 93rd birthday just two days before the trip, has been royal colonel of the battalion since 2006 when the regiment known as the Highlanders was amalgamated into the Royal Regiment of Scotland within the Armed Forces, the battalion known more commonly by the abbreviation 4 SCOTS . His Royal Highness s last trip to Germany was in May 2012 when he presented medals to The Queen s Royal Hussars in Sennelager.
Whilst Buckingham Palace say overseas travel for the Duke and The Queen is being reduced year-on-year, there seems to be little evidence of a complete halt to it. Her Majesty and the Duke are also set to embark on a State Visit to France on 5th-7th June which will be The Queen s first state visit since 2011 when she visited Ireland. Both The Queen and Prince Philip made a one-day visit to Rome last month where they met the President of Italy and also Pope Francis.
Despite his age, the Duke of Edinburgh himself still occasionally carries out one-day engagements overseas on his own including a visit to Belgium in November as part of remembrance day commemorations in Ypres. Joined by Prince Laurent of Belgium, Prince Philip laid a wreath and watched over the transporting of soil from Flanders fields, a region which saw a lot of action during the First World War, which was later taken back to the UK to create a memorial garden in London. Last year, the Duke performed almost 200 engagement, around 100 down on previous years largely due to his convalescence period after undergoing exploratory surgery on his abdomen in June.
Tomorrow, Prince Philip will join The Queen at the Royal Maundy service this year in Blackburn Cathedral where Her Majesty will hand out the traditional maundy money to local pensioners at the service, one man and one woman for every year of Her Majesty s age.
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Females too terrified to report bullying and harassment Female service personnel are too terrified to make formal complaints over harassment and bullying, because of a culture of fear within the British Army, a Labour MP has claimed. Madeleine Moon, who sits on the Commons Defence Select Committee, said women were fearful about the impact raising a formal complaint would have on their career and their working relationships. Speaking to the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, Moon said the Army were not tough enough on dealing with complaints, and needed to get better at communicating vital messages.
You get the general statement about we abhor all discrimination and we are opposed to and will strike it down , but actually there is not a clear message coming all the way down, she said. The MP for Bridgend, Wales, said female personnel faced discrimination at every level of the organisation and sexual intimidation and bullying was “tolerated a far greater extent” in the Army, compared with the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Within the Navy, it s an issue of discipline and awareness that you cannot have disharmony on a ship, she said.
If you ve got two or three women on a ship you cannot have discrimination and harassment because it undermines morale, so they deal with it very firmly. Service complaints about bullying, harassment and discrimination accounted for 43 per cent of all Army allegations in 2012, up by a third on the year before. This is compared to 9 per cent of all allegations made in the Naval Service and 38 per cent in the RAF.
There seems to be a total denial of its existence and they the Army hide behind terms such as banter and horseplay, Moon told the BBC. She called for better role models; more help lines for personnel to access anonymously, and clearer top-down messages. Earlier this year, the secretary of state for defence, Philip Hammond, announced changes to the way bullying and abuse cases are dealt with in the armed forces.
Under the new watchdog, military personnel will be able to take complaints they believe have not been properly dealt with to an independent ombudsman, the service complaints commission, under Dr Susan Atkins.
This should bring substantial improvements to the fairness of the complaints system, the time it takes for complaints to be resolved and increase the level of confidence service personnel have in the process,” Dr Atkins said at the time.
Recruit Andrew Vaughan is 25 years old and is about to start Phase 1 training at Army Training Regiment (ATR) Winchester, where he hopes to go on to join the Royal Artillery. Recruit Andrew Vaughan I ve had a taste of Army life before because I previous applied to join the TA when I was 18. I completed the ADSC (Army Development and Selection Centre) after a year of waiting but unfortunately had to leave to go to University.
It is something I regret now and I do wonder what would have happened had I stayed. As they say though, everything happens for a reason. Fast forward seven years, a lot of life experience and a varied career including as an Accounts Assistant and a Recruitment Consultant.
Good money, but not what I wanted to do. I wanted a job which was varied, where I get to make a difference and have adventures along the way. Finally I made the decision.
I was going to become a soldier. The application I began my journey by going on to the Army website, you now begin your initial registration online by filling in their application form. It can take a while but it saves time down the road to be as detailed as possible.
After a couple of weeks of waiting (and worrying) I received an email which asked for medical details. Again it helps to be as accurate as you can. After another couple of weeks (and a courtesy call just to show enthusiasm) I received a phone call issuing me an appointment at my local AFCO (Armed Forces Careers Office) in London.
This was to be an interview and the first real hurdle of the process that can be failed. I was incredibly nervous and spent the time I had to take in all the advice I could from a variety of sources on how to pass. The interview is for the Army to see what type of person you are, why you want to join the Army and what you can bring to the table.
You will have already been asked what your top three job choices are, so revise what they involve including where you will based and how long for. Also revise the Army Values (Courage, Discipline, Respect for others, Integrity, Loyalty and Selfless Commitment CDRILS) and have an example ready on when you have displayed these values. Revise what ADSC and Phase 1 will involve but most importantly, be yourself.
As long as you truly want it and are there for the right reasons, you won t go far wrong. I was told straight after the interview that I had passed and had to strongly fight the urge to do the happy dance there and then probably for the best! I was then told of an upcoming running club in London, which is run by the Army so they can assess my 1.5 mile run time.
They hold it once a month so I was very eager to bosh it first time one week to prepare game on! The run clubs I attended this with my Grandad who, bless his heart, is just as excited if not more so about my decision to join the Army. Having been in the Signals himself and knowing the highs and lows that await me, he is extremely encouraging about my job/life choice and his pride in me is definitely a huge driving force for me to succeed.
I finished the run in 11:35, my personal record but not quite good enough. A month of training it is then! One month and a lot of miles under my belt later and I was back, again with Grandad in tow, and again finished in the 11:30 minute region.
I was devastated if I m honest. No improvement showing, I felt like this was where my journey had reached its end. Thankfully I received a phone call from my CSM a week after inviting me to attend the ADSC in two month s time!!
I was so excited and told anyone who would listen the good news, this was where the ball really began to roll! Visit Recruit Vaughan s page 1 Find out about joining the Army 2 Find out about ATR Winchester 3 This entry was posted in Army 4 , ATR Winchester 5 , Royal Artillery 6 and tagged a taste of Army 7 , adsc 8 , afco 9 , army development and selection centre 10 , army training regiment 11 , atr winchester 12 , basic training 13 , core values 14 , interview 15 , join the army 16 , phase 1 17 , Phase 1 training 18 , Recruit 19 , recruit vaughan 20 , Recruit Andrew Vaughan 21 , running club 22 , soldier 23 , the Army 24 , training 25 , Winchester 26 . Bookmark the permalink 27 .
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