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The staff course essay question

I’m on the Advanced Command and Staff Course (Reserves) at the moment.  A course at the Defence Academy for senior officers in the three military reserves; Territorial Army, Royal Navy Reserve, Royal Marines Reserve and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.  … Continue reading

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The looming deployment

I received an advance copy of my mobilisation order last week, and I’ve been thinking it over for a few days.  A bit of reflection on what needs done, and some reflection on the impact of the deployment.   Inevitably … Continue reading

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How to build… and the Royal Navy

I watched ”How to Build a Nuclear Submarine” on Sunday evening, part of a series of documentaries about significant engineering projects.  This episode was about the construction of the Astute boats.  I had a bit of a vested interest as … Continue reading

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Service in the reserve forces

In the UK we have two types of military reserve, the regular reserve  and the volunteer reserve.  The regular reserve is made up of retired officers and other ranks, doesn’t involve a training commitment but the individual can be mobilised … Continue reading

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Liam Fox lives up to expectations

It’s reported in the Telegraph that Liam Fox has made his first faux pas as Secretary of State for Defence, stating that the UK is not engaged in Afghanistan for the ”education policy” but to assure UK security. There are … Continue reading

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Electoral decisions – Who do I vote for?

Everyone else is coming up with their ”endorsements”, so a few thoughts on what’s guided my voting decision. First, we vote for an individual, not a party and more specifically not a party leader.  I’m not sure what kind of … Continue reading

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Reflections on homosexuality in the Armed Forces

I read this article in the Independent yesterday, discussing the approach to homosexuality in the Foreign Office leading to the removal of the bar on employment in the 90s, and now to the civil partnership ceremony for a Foreign Office … Continue reading

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