Scots Guards Band, Beating Retreat, Oakham, ABF Soldiers Charity, St George’s Barracks Rutland www.soldierscharity.org 1 Cllr Adam Lowe, Oakham Mayor Although it rained this did not stop the peopleturning up and taking their seats in the marketplace. Cllr Alf Dewis, oh yes he is just as he looks! Cllr Dr Guthrie, a good councillor Dr Laurence Howard, Lord Lieutenant of Rutland and Her Majesty’s.Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire.
Jennifer, Lady Gretton, JP Dr Laurence Howard, Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Leicestershire Police Paul Beech ABF Organiser Peter Lawson Rutland Army Cadets Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet References ^ www.soldierscharity.org (www.soldierscharity.org)
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It is now many months since the Government announced that as part of the plan to bring the Ministry of defence budget into balance a number of battalions were being withdrawn and one of these was the Second Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. There has been an ongoing campaign to try and persuade the Government to reverse this decision on various grounds not least of which is the fact that there are Scottish battalions which find it more difficult to recruit. Last week the Government announced the latest list of redundancies totalling 4,480, four our of five of which were voluntary.
The Government have always said that in so far as is possible the Ministry of Defence would redeploy soldiers rather than make them redundant when a battalion was withdrawn. Consequently I asked the Ministry of Defence how many members of the Second Battalion of Fusiliers have been issued with redundancy notices. I have today been notified that since 2010 35 personnel have been selected for redundancy and of these 31 had applied for redundancy.
So there have been just 4 Fusiliers who would have preferred to stay in the Army who have been forced to leave. I do not know whether any of these are from Bury but in any event I sincerely hope they will soon find alternative employment. They will be encouraged by the fact that 1.3 million new jobs have been created in the private sector since 2010 and nine out of ten who leave the armed forces find a new job within six months.
It is of course worth remembering why it is the Government have been forced to take these difficult decisions with our armed forces. The fact is that there was a 38billion black hole. The books simply did not balance and the situation was not sustainable.
Our armed forces have now been put on an even keel and as the Prime Minister has announced there will be no further reductions in front line troops with future savings being found from efficiency savings.
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The Woolwich atrocity has nothing to do with Islam ? Try this news from Iraq on Monday: At least 57 people have been killed in a series of car bombs targeting mainly Shia areas in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, police say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22682400 1 I rather liked that performance too (whilst not agreeing with all sentiments).
Years ago, Channel 4 gave ten minutes a week to similar pop-up speakers; a man or woman in a box speaking to the camera about a personal concern. The Channel 4 pop-up and that speaker work because it is vox pop plus. A video editor cleans up the ums and errs, with varying effectiveness, and somebody who is brave enough to spout their thoughts before a camera gets on with it.
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On Wednesday 20 March I happened to hear Imam Asim Hafiz, Muslim Chaplain and Religious Adviser to the UK Forces, on BBC radio 4 delivering a Lent talk on the theme of abandonment. It is well worth listening to although it is only available until March 31st. The Imam has played a really important role in making connections between military work and citizenship over the past few years.
This is a draft of an article about the significance of Muslim soldiers in the British military written for a Runnymede Trust publication provisionally entitled The New Muslims . Muslims and Military Service For hundreds of years Muslim soldiers, sailors and more recently airmen have valiantly served, fought and died as part of the British Armed Forces. Hundreds of thousands volunteered to fight in both World Wars and today hundreds continue to serve in the British Armed Forces.
AFMA website.i In 2006 Jabron Hashmi, 24, became the first British Muslim soldier to die in Afghanistan. His older brother, Zeeshan, who had also worked in the British Army, said at the time: Jabron was a committed soldier and a committed Muslim. He was fiercely proud of his Islamic background and he was equally proud of being British and was very proud to live in Britain.
The death in service of this avowedly Muslim patriot was acknowledged as a significant event at the highest levels. The following year members of Hashmi s family, who lived in Birmingham and were originally from Pakistan, were asked to lay the foundation stone for the new National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. However, although Jabron s death was commemorated as a form of sacrifice for the nation, it was also perceived as an act of betrayal by many other Muslims.
In a BBC report entitled UK s Muslim soldiers fighting extremists not Muslims , Zeeshan Hashmi subsequently revealed that, following Jabron s death, the family had received many letters from well-wishers of all faith and backgrounds , which had a great source of comfort. But they had also experienced hostility on the grounds that Jabron was considered a traitor. These divergent responses help to illustrate why the figure of the Muslim performing military service is so significant.
At one extreme, as a British soldier, Jabron Hashmi was hailed as a hero who gave his life for his country. For others, as a Muslim, he was accused of betraying his faith by fighting in a war that demonised Islam as the enemy of western civilisation. Yet it is not often that we hear about the experience of minorities, particularly those who are Muslims, who decide to work in the armed forces.
Britain s military institutions are regarded as separate from the rest of the public sector to which they nominally belong. At the same time, they play a crucial role in mediating ideas about national identity, and about the relationship between the past and the present. The act of volunteering to be a soldier is thought to reach into the heart of what it means to serve the nation.
As a result, when greater attention is paid to the conditions of military service and the personal costs borne by the ordinary women and men involved, the presence (or absence) of ethnic, cultural, sexual and religious minorities comes into view as an index of inclusion in (or exclusion from) the wider society. The most recent statistics published by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) indicate that there are 650 Muslims serving in the UK armed services.ii Of these, 550 are in the British Army, constituting 0.5% of the total. In common with other faith groups, Muslim servicemen and women maintain a network of mutual support known as the Armed Forces Muslim Association (AFMA).
So what does this tell us about the conditions of diversity in the army? A modern multicultural military? Within the past decade the MoD has been able to claim that, in terms of numbers, the proportion of black and minority ethnic personnel in all three services has risen from just over one per cent to more than seven per cent.
In the British Army, the figure currently hovers around ten per cent. This rise can partly be explained by the fact that residency regulations for Commonwealth citizens were dropped in 1998, partly in response to a documented levels of racism and the virtual absence of diversity in the workforce. Today, two thirds of BME personnel are classified as foreign and Commonwealth , and this figure does not include Gurkhas who are recruited from Nepal.iii The employment of soldiers from outside the UK has had a significant impact on the institution s progression towards becoming a multicultural (and multi-faith) employer.
But this process of modernisation has also been mandated by law. In 2003 the religion and belief elements of the European Employment Framework Directive were incorporated into the UK Employment Equality Regulations. Two years later the appointment of Buddhist, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu chaplains replaced a system whereby religious leaders were engaged simply as advisers.
For Muslims, as for other faith groups, this reform meant the possibility of a support network for individuals scattered across the institution. Diversity as a martial asset When Imam Asim Hafiz took up the post of first Muslim chaplain in 2005, it was unclear how many Muslims were serving since comprehensive statistics were only collected from 2007. By 2009, there were 500 Muslims in the regular armed forces.
Over four hundred of these were in the army, and a significant proportion were citizens of countries such as The Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria and Pakistan. It was at this point that AFMA was set up with the licence to explore the wider issue of Muslims serving in the military. In the first newsletter, Imam Hafiz explained how the group hoped to persuade civilians about the significance of their work: Unfortunately there is a huge ignorance in some parts of the Muslim community and I hope that AFMA will be able to bridge the gap between the Armed Forces and the Muslim community and be a reminder that HM Forces are as integral to British society as are other British institutions such as the Police Force, the fire service and the NHS that are here to serve this nation as whole including the Muslim community.
iv The Imam was supported by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) in his expressed aims to educate the Muslim community about the opportunities provided by military service. The MCB issued a report entitled Remembering the Brave: The Muslim Contribution to Britain s Armed Forces in which they confront the issue, not just of ignorance about what it might mean to serve in the military, but also the depth of hostility towards the government s foreign policy. The report asserts that Loyalty does not mean the suspension of our critical faculties and failure to question our contested national engagements.
v In an oblique reference to documented war crimes, such as the murder of civilian Baha Mousa in September 2003, committed by British soldiers in Iraq, the report ventures into more controversial territory: We should ensure that the actions of a few does not diminish the overall expectations of our armed forces to abide by international laws of war and uphold fundamental human rights. While these arguments are addressed to UK citizens at home, the organization of Muslims inside the armed forces has been acknowledged by sections of the military leadership too. In 2009 the then Chief of the General Staff, General Sir David Richards, the first patron of the AFMA, commented publicly that Britain had a commitment to all those Muslims with whom we have a natural identity, given our own core values reflect very strongly to those of Muslim faith.vi The raised profile of Muslim personnel including the Imam has also been utilised as a strategic asset in Afghanistan.
This could be seen in news reports emphasising the participation of Muslims, whether joining forces with Afghan security personnel to celebrate Eid or acting as intermediaries with Afghan civilians.vii Seen in this light, the pragmatic tools of counter-insurgency warfare intersect with the symbolic aspects of soldiering on the domestic front. The conditions of military work Because of Britain s history as an aggressive imperial power, its military institutions play a critical role in making and reproducing official versions of Britishness. As the quote at the start of this piece indicates, the contribution of Muslim soldiers in Britain s contemporary wars can be placed within a much longer record of service to the British Crown that stretches back over two centuries.
As we saw earlier, the increased presence of Muslims in the UK armed forces is a direct consequence of widening military recruitment to include citizens of Britain s former colonies as well as the children of postcolonial migrants and settlers. Seen in this historical perspective, the significance of Muslim soldiers today regardless of the actual numbers involved indicates the symbolic importance of military work in the ongoing struggle for full citizenship and the right to belong in a diverse, multi-faith society. i Armed Forces Muslim Association see http://www.afma.org.uk ii UK Defence Statistics, April 2012.
Chapter 2. Personnel. Table 2.12 Strength of UK Regular Forces by Service and religion, at 1 April each year.
Defence Analytical Services Agency. iii Ministry of Defence. Biannual Diversity Dashboard.
01 October 2012. Section 2 Ethnic origin and nationality representation of UK Regular Forces by Service. iv Imam Asim Hafiz, The love of your country is part of your faith .
AFMA Newsletter, July 2010, p.
7. v The Armed Forces reflecting Modern Britain: the Muslim contribution today in Remembering the Brave: The Muslim Contribution to Britain s Armed Forces . A special report by the Muslim Council of Britain. (2009-2010 Not dated), p.
9. vi In the same interview Richards also said, It is very important for the Muslim community to be exposed to an alternative view as it is for the rest of the nation. The Taliban kill many more Muslims than we do.
vii See, for example: On November 16 2010 the Muslim chaplain gave a sermon to a multi-national congregation in the festival of Eid ul Adha in conjunction with the Imam of the local 205 Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA). A lengthy report in the MoD s Defence News site revealed that there were 600 Muslims present, including representatives from across ISAF military forces, defence contractors and civilian workers as well as local Afghans . The occasion was hailed as a reflection of the united relationship between ISAF and the Afghan National Army (MoD, Defence News, 2012). .
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The poor bloody infantry arguably had one of the toughest jobs in battle, building and supplying the front line, and no-one has been keeping the line longer than the Royal Scots, the oldest regiment in the British Army. Known as Pontius Pilate s Bodyguards after a 17th-century bragging competition with the French they have, since 2006, been amalgamated with five other regiments to form The Royal Scots Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland. The Royal Scots was raised on this day in history in 1633 by renowned fighter Sir John Hepburn, under a Royal Warrant from Charles I.
Made up mostly from Scottish mercenaries, they fought predominantly in Europe for the first 30 years of their fighting lives until they were recalled to Britain in 1661. There they became the inspiration for the New Model Army the Royal Scots could be considered the prototype for every British fighting unit. Their history has been long, busy and bloody and has seen them fight in battles, wars and conflicts across the world.
The 17th century saw them in Tangiers where they won their first Battle Honour. For their bravery, Charles II conferred on them the title The Royal Regiment of Foot . This in turn has led to them being known as First of foot, right of the line and the pride of the British Army .
It was in the 17th century that the regiment was divided into two battalions, and was not to have fewer until 1949. These two battalions were split up, seeing varied duty through the 19th century. They served under Marlborough during the War of the Spanish Succession, then fought across Europe in the Austrian War of Succession before returning to Scotland to defeat the Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden.
The regiment was often posted east, to India and China, helping both to maintain and to enlarge the Empire, and to ensure trading could continue. In the West Indies they suffered huge losses, not through fighting, but from disease, which saw them lose more than half of their battalion. During the First World War the regiment rose to 35 battalion, 15 of which served in the front line.
They suffered many casualties during the conflict; of the 100,000 men who fought for the regiment during this time, 40,000 were wounded and nearly 12,000 killed. Of particular poignancy is the number of brothers who were killed, some on the same day. On July 1915, brothers Robert and William Archibald died near La Boissell.
The men had adjacent regimental numbers, suggesting that they enlisted together. On the same day 23-year-old twins Alexander and John Laing were killed in France. John, a baker from Penicuik, died trying to provide cover for survivors from C Company.
His brother Sandy, a Leith policeman, died by his side. One of the darkest days in the Regiment s history was 22 May, 1915. A special troops train carrying the Leith-based 7th Battalion was en route to Liverpool, from where they would then embark for Gallipoli.
The signalmen outside Gretna forgot that a local train was still on the tracks and gave the all-clear to the troop train. The impact was so intense that the troop train was reduced to half its previous length. Minutes after the northbound express from Euston crashed into it, setting it on fire.
It is still Britain s worst ever train crash, killing three officers, 29 non-commissioned officers and 182 soldiers who were either killed outright or burnt to death. Today the regiment, albeit functioning as part of a larger battalion, is still seeing action and still suffering losses. The 1 Scots have just arrived back from a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Company Commander Major Graeme Wearmouth describing the country as a minefield but says his warriors were every bit as good as the jocks of old. We had a tough six months, they fought well, they fought hard and they made progress. he says of their fighting in the notoriously dangerous Helmand Province.
Unlike the fighting days of old, he says that their role nowadays is as much about winning over the locals. When we arrived, the relationship with the locals wasn t that great and it was a bit of an uphill struggle, he said. However, in the end they began to break down the barriers, to the extent that they set up a neighbourhood watch scheme.
During the tour the company lost two men, Corporal John Moore and Private Sean McDonald, and a number of other soldiers were injured. And although the men were glad to be returning home, their thoughts were never far from the ones who didn t make it. As we got on that helicopter, says Wearmouth, talking of the day they left, every man was thinking of John and Sean.
But we made progress and their deaths were not in vain. About the author: Diane Maclean View all posts by Diane Maclean Diane Maclean is a journalist and programme maker with over 25 years experience. She is currently Head of Journalism and Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University.
She is also a co-director and Development Executive for Sorbier (http://www.sorbier.co.uk/), a Scotland-based independent production company.
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Fixing the Army (In Seven Easy Blog Posts) Posted by Justin on December 8, 2011 Leave a Comment Last month, Tom Ricks daily national security blog hosted a guest blogger who uses the pseudonym of a classical Roman satirist to lay out 66 bullets for fixing the Army. The reform points range from the simple (such as Army soldiers mowing their own lawns) to the extreme (downgrade all general-level commands to three-star commands). The reforms are aimed at increasing efficiency in the Army as a whole, and making it more effective, which is generally what is laid out in the first post containing the guest blogger s philosophy.
I m going to go ahead and link all seven of these guest blogger s posts below. Ordinarily, this blog (SCS) is designed to critique and evaluate, but I really just wanted to compile these suggestions in one place. It is something I can probably come back to, but until then, I m going to append a rebuttal blog post at the end by James Joyner from Outside the Beltway, where he blogs.
Enjoy! How to fix the Army in 66 easy steps (I) – In which the guest blogger outlines his philosophy for proposing reforms. Fixing the Army (II): Let s downgrade 4-stars and end the regimental system – In which the guest blogger discusses issues from reducing the number of stars on the shoulders of the highest officers, to criticizing the nit-picky uniform changes that have been the hobby of the Army s highest leaders.
Fixing the Army (III): Time to figure out whether the brigade combat team works, simplify unit names, and shutter V Corps – The guest blogger criticizes the recent terminology changes for the war-fighting functions, and makes recommendations that begin to gnaw at the edges of the combined-arms unit concept. Fixing the Army (IV): Trim support-branch generals, civilianize non-deployers and start mowing your own damn lawn Here the guest blogger attempts to lay off more general officers, and consolidate presumably to reduce costs? Fixing the Army (V): LTs who fail should be busted to enlisted to finish their time, and corporal should be a position of honor This is perhaps the rantiest of the guest bloggers posts, making recommendations that seem to insulate the enlisted grades from disciplinary action, and grant them more prestige.
I m also reading a few sideways remarks about women in the military here. Fixing the Army (VI): How can officers hold NCOs to standard if they don t know what sergeants are supposed to be doing? A post about trainers and training.
Recommendations are aimed at increasing the bang-for-the-buck of training by giving trainers more skills, and reducing the costliest parts of preparing for war. Also a weird item about bayonets? Fixing the Army (VII): Learn some languages, close the Sgt Maj s academy This quick last post covers enhancing the quality of the institutional training organizations in the Army, especially the NCOES schools that have been gradually gutted over nearly the last decade.
And one rebuttal by James Joyner: Fixing the Army (by ruining it) This rebuttal covers many of the points made by Petronius Arbiter, and points out where Joyner agrees with, disagrees with, or neither agrees nor disagrees with Ricks guest blogger s assessments. I will say one thing. Whether this is new or not, the identity crisis taking place in the military this past year, which was highlighted by former CJCS chairman Michael Mullen, and echoed by the Secretary of the Army John McHugh and former CSA Gen.
George Casey, is inherently a good thing.
A professional organization that struggles with its role and purpose needs to be having the conversation, while it constantly proposes and evaluates reforms.
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The Special Air Service presently comprises 22 Special Air Service Regiment of the Regular Army, 21 Special Air Service Regiment and 23 Special Air Service Regiment from the Territorial Army. It is tasked primarily with counter-terrorism in peacetime and special operationsin wartime. The Special Air Service was a unit of the British Army during the Second World War, formed in July 1941 by David Stirling and originally called “L” Detachment, Special Air Service Brigade the “L” designation and Air Service name being a tie-in to a British disinformation campaign, trying to deceive the Axis into thinking there was a paratrooper regiment with numerous units operating in the area (the real SAS would ‘prove’ to the Axis that the fake one existed).
1 12 It was conceived as a commando force to operate behind enemy lines in theNorth African Campaign 13 and initially consisted of five officers and 60 other ranks.
14 Its first mission, in November 1941, was a parachute drop in support of the Operation Crusader offensive.
12 Due to German resistance and adverse weather conditions, the mission was a disaster: 22 men, a third of the unit, were killed or captured.
15 Its second mission was a success: transported by the Long Range Desert Group, it attacked three airfields in Libya, destroying 60 aircraft without loss.
15 In September 1942 it was renamed 1st SAS, consisting at that time of four British squadrons, one Free French, one Greek, and the Folboat Section.
16 edit Post war At the end of the war the British Government saw no further need for the force and disbanded it on 8 October 1945.
2 The following year it was decided there was a need for a long-term deep-penetration commando unit, and a new SAS regiment was to be raised as part of the Territorial Army.
24 Ultimately, the Artists Rifles, raised in 1860 and headquartered at Dukes Road, Euston, took on the SAS mantle as 21st SAS Regiment (V) on 1 January 1947.
3 24 In 1950, a 21 SAS squadron was raised to fight in the Korean War. After three months of training in England, it was informed that the squadron would no longer be required in Korea and so it instead volunteered to fight in the Malayan Emergency.
25 Upon arrival in Malaya, it came under the command of Mike Calvert who was forming a new unit called the Malayan Scouts (SAS).
25 Calvert had already formed one squadron from 100 volunteers in the Far East, which became A Squadron the 21 SAS squadron then became B Squadron; and after a recruitment visit to Rhodesia by Calvert, C Squadron was formed from 1,000 Rhodesian volunteers.
26 The Rhodesians returned home after three years service and were replaced by a New Zealand squadron.
27 By this time, the need for a regular army SAS regiment had been recognised; 22 SAS Regiment was formally added to the army list in 1952 and has been based at Hereford since 1960.
8 In 1959 the third regiment, 23 SAS Regiment, was formed by renaming the Reserve Reconnaissance Unit, which had succeeded MI9 and whose members were experts in escape and evasion.
28 edit 22 SAS Regiment The Gulf War, in which A, B and D squadrons deployed, was the largest SAS mobilisation since the Second World War, also notable for the failure of the Bravo Two Zero mission.
37 In Sierra Leone it took part in Operation Barras, a hostage rescue operation, to extract members of the Royal Irish Regiment.
29 In the Iraq War, it formed part of Task Force Black and Task Force Knight, with A Squadron 22 SAS being singled out for exceptional service by General Stanley McChrystal, the American commander of NATO forces: during a six month tour it carried out 175 combat missions.
38 In 2006 members of the SAS were involved in the rescue of peace activists Norman Kember, James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden. The three men had been held hostage in Iraq for 118 days during the Christian Peacemaker hostage crisis.
39 Operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan 40 involved soldiers from 21 and 23 SAS Regiments.
4 Various British newspapers have speculated on the SAS involvement in Operation Ellamy and the 2011 Libyan civil war, the Daily Telegraph reports that “defence sources have confirmed that the SAS has been in Libya for several weeks, and played a key role in coordinating the fall of Tripoli.” 41 While The Guardian reports “They have been acting as forward air controllers directing pilots to targets and communicating with Nato operational commanders. They have also been advising rebels on tactics.” 42 edit Influence on other special forces edit Organisation Little publicly verifiable information exists on the SAS, as the United Kingdom Government does not usually comment on special forces matters due to the nature of their work.
52 53 The Special Air Service comprises three units: one Regular and two reserve Territorial Army (TA) units. The regular army unit is 22 SAS Regiment and territorial army units are 21 SAS Regiment (Artists) and 23 SAS Regiment.
6 edit Squadrons 22 SAS Regiment has four operational squadrons: A, B, D and G. Each squadron consists of approximately 60 men commanded by a major, divided into four troops (each troop being commanded by a captain) and a small headquarters section.
38 54 Troops usually consist of 16 men, 40 and each patrol within a troop consists of four men, with each man possessing a particular skill: signals, demolition, medic or linguist in addition to basic skills learned during the course of his training.
54 The four troops specialise in four different areas: In 1980 R Squadron (which has since been renamed L Detachment) was formed; its members are all ex-regular SAS regiment soldiers who have a commitment to reserve service.
54 nb 2 edit Special projects team The special projects team is the official name for the Special Air Service anti hijacking counter terrorism team.
54 It is trained in Close Quarter Battle (CQB) and sniper techniques and specialises in hostage rescue in buildings or on public transport.
67 The team was formed in 1975 after Prime Minister Edward Heath asked the Ministry of Defence to prepare for any possible terrorist attack similar to the massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics and ordered that the SAS Counter Revolutionary Warfare (CRW) wing be raised.
68 Once the wing had been established, each squadron rotated on a continual basis through counter terrorist training including hostage rescue, siege breaking, and live firing exercises it has been reported that during CRW training each soldier expends as many as 100,000 pistol rounds. Squadrons refresh their training every 16 months, on average.
The CRW wing’s first deployment was during the Balcombe Street Siege. The Metropolitan Police had trapped a PIRA unit; it surrendered when it heard on the BBC that the SAS were being sent in.
68 The first documented action abroad by the CRW wing was assisting the West German counter-terrorism group GSG 9 at Mogadishu.
29 In 1980 the SAS were involved in a hostage rescue during the Iranian Embassy Siege. edit United Kingdom Special Forces edit Recruitment, selection and training All members of the United Kingdom armed forces can be considered for special forces selection, nb 4 but historically the majority of candidates have an airborne forces background.
74 full citation needed All instructors are full members of the Special Air Service Regiment. Selections are held twice yearly, in summer and winter, 73 in Sennybridge in the Brecon Beacons. Selection lasts for five weeks and normally starts with about 200 potential candidates.
73 On arrival candidates first complete a Personal Fitness Test (PFT) and a Combat Fitness Test (CFT). nb 5 They then march cross country against the clock, increasing the distances covered each day, culminating in what is known as Fan dance: a 40 miles (64 km) march with full equipment scaling and descending Pen y Fan in 20 hours.
73 full citation needed By the end of the hill phase candidates must be able to run 4 miles in 30 minutes and swim two miles in 90 minutes.
73 full citation needed Following the hill phase is the jungle phase, taking place in Belize, Brunei, or Malaysia.
76 Candidates are taught navigation, patrol formation and movement, and jungle survival skills.
77 Candidates returning to Hereford finish training in battle plans and foreign weapons and take part in combat survival exercises, 78 the final one being the week-long escape and evasion. Candidates are formed into patrols and, carrying nothing more than a tin can filled with survival equipment, are dressed in old Second World War uniforms and told to head for a point by first light.
The final selection test is arguably the most gruelling: resistance to interrogation (RTI), lasting for 36 hours.
79 Typically, 15 20% of candidates make it through the hill phase selection process. From the approximately 200 candidates, most will drop out within the first few days, and by the end about 30 will remain. Those who complete all phases of selection are rewarded with a transfer to an operational squadron.
80 edit SAS Reserve selection The Territorial Army Special Air Service (reserve) Regiments undergo a different selection process, as a part-time programme over a longer period, designed to select volunteers with the right qualities. It is emphasised to stand any chance of success volunteers must be physically fit at the start of the course. The qualities required are: Physically and mentally robust Self Confident Self Disciplined Able to work alone Able to assimilate information and new skills.
81 This is followed by Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) Training on Special Forces tactics, techniques and procedures.
This is progressive with the emphasis on individuals assimilating new skills while under physical and mental pressure.
81 On successful completion of this training, ranks are badged as SAS(R) and deemed operationally deployable.
81 They enter a probationary period during which they complete final training including a Basic Parachute Course and a Communications Course to be fit for mobilisation.
81 edit Uniform distinctions
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The annual Army Photographic Competition recognises outstanding photography from Afghanistan and Army life. Army photographers deploy as soldiers with rifle and camera, taking the same risks as other infantrymen but also giving the public a view of the realities of conflict. Away from operations they capture the day to day and the high points of Army life, from parades to sporting achievements.
Amateur photographers, who fit their hobby round the day job of deployments and training, are also recognised for the quality and creativity of their work.
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Thirty-five years to the day since the sitcom broadcast its final episode, details of a new film version of Dad’s Army have been revealed. The hit BBC sitcom, which remains BBC Two’s most watched programme every Saturday, originally ran from 1968 to 1977, with Columbia Pictures producing a 1971 movie spin-off detailing the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard’s formation. Series creator and co-writer Jimmy Perry spoke of the plans last month at a meeting of the Dad’s Army Appreciation Society, to groans of dread from the audience.
He admitted that those behind the new production wished the lead role of Captain Mainwaring – made famous by Arthur Lowe – to be taken by a woman. For a period during the late 1960s and 1970s, almost every notable British sitcom had a movie adaptation produced, ranging from The Larkins’ Inn For Trouble way back in 1960 to Are You Being Served?, two Steptoe & Son films, Nearest And Dearest, and 1980′s Rising Damp. Whilst almost all were commercial successes to a greater or lesser extent at the time, with three On The Buses movies proving to be particularly huge hits, few are now remembered fondly, if at all.
However, whilst not as popular as the series on which it was based, the Dad’s Army movie is widely regarded as one of the better adaptations of the era. The news of a new Dad’s Army film – with complete new cast – comes at a time when movie remakes of successful British comedies are once again in vogue, following the box office hit The Inbetweeners Movie in 2011. Dad’s Army would on the surface seem a rather left-field choice of adaptation to make, but it remains a hugely popular series with Saturday afternoon repeats on BBC Two being the channel’s most watched programme of the day, every week.
The proposed film is believed to be at a very early stage of development and few other details are known, but Jimmy Perry revealed that he had negotiated a deal over the show’s rights with Ann Croft, the widow of co-writer, director and producer David Croft, who died in September 2011. Perry also admitted that he had no substantial role in penning the script, so could not comment on any possible storyline or setting. Dad’s Army joins sitcoms including Absolutely Fabulous and Miranda in being mooted for film spin-offs, although arguably somewhat less likely to come to fruition.
The news that the Captain Mainwaring role could become female is likely to be the most controversial aspect of the news, and is already being criticised as historically inaccurate. Midge Gillies, author of Waiting For Hitler , a history of British preparations for invasion in 1940, told The Independent newspaper that it was very unlikely the Home Guard saw any female captains: “It sounds like the film-makers are trying to update the series. The humour of it was originally about class and this would confuse things.” Clive Dunn, who played Lance Corporal and local butcher Jack Jones in the series, died last week at the age of 92.
He was one of the final surviving members of the cast.
Here’s the sitcom’s most celebrated moment: Our Guide to ‘Dad’s Army’
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