A Quick Outline of Flexible Service in the UK Armed Forces

Flexible Service, effective from 01 April 2019, allows Regular service personnel to: Seek temporary and defined periods of part-time work (a reduction of 20% or 40%); and/or To restrict their separation (lower rate of X-Factor). Periods of flexible service will have an impact on pension benefits. Time Periods The minimum period you can select is… Read More

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Funding the Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS)

What is the AFPS? All members of the armed forces are automatically enrolled into the Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS) and, unlike almost all other schemes, members pay 0% in contributions each month. The scheme is also protected by legislation and distributed from the public purse. Three APFS Schemes There are three revisions of the… Read More

Analysing the Management & Outcome of Open Fractures of the Femur Sustained on the Battlefield

Research Paper Title The management and outcome of open fractures of the femur sustained on the battlefield over a ten-year period. Background This was a retrospective study of survivors of recent conflicts with an open fracture of the femur. Methods The researchers analysed the records of 48 patients (48 fractures) and assessed the outcome. Results… Read More

Why it is Important to have the Correct Form when Weight Training?

Weight training has loads of benefits, for example it can help to strengthen bones and, in so doing, assist in helping you ward off age-related diseases such as osteoporosis. However, if you do not adopt the correct form when performing weight training exercises you can do a lot of damage to yourself and can hamper… Read More

Summary of Service for HMS Manchester, 1938-1942

HMS Manchester, a Southampton class cruiser, was built and engined by Hawthorn Leslie and Co at Hebburn-on-Tyne. Laid down on 28 March 1936, she was launched on 12 April 1937 by Mrs Toole, the Lady Mayoress of the City of Manchester and completed on 4 August 1938. She was allocated to the East Indies Station,… Read More

What is the RAF Rejoiners Scheme?

Why Rejoin? While many people leave the Royal Air Force (RAF) for many different reasons, all are welcome to apply to rejoin. Whether an applicant wants to put the skills they have already learnt in the RAF back to use or want to rejoin in a completely different role, there may be a position open… Read More