On This Day … 02 January

Events AD 69: The Roman legions in Germania Superior refuse to swear loyalty to Galba. They rebel and proclaim Vitellius as emperor. 366: The Alemanni cross the frozen Rhine in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire. 1492: Reconquista: The Emirate of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, surrenders. 1680: Trunajaya rebellion: Amangkurat II of… Read More


Can Genetic Perturbations of Inflammatory Response Contribute to the Risk of PTSD?

Research Paper Title Post-traumatic stress following military deployment: Genetic associations and cross-disorder genetic correlations. Background Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a complex psychiatric disorder that occurs with relatively high frequency after deployment to warzones (∼10%). While twin studies have estimated the heritability to be up to 40%, thus indicating a considerable genetic component in the… Read More

War is…

“War is a crime. Ask the infantry and ask the dead.” Ernest Hemingway (1899 to 1961) Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American novelist and short-story writer, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He was noted both for the intense masculinity of his writing and for his adventurous and widely publicised life. His succinct… Read More

Types of Engagement in the British Army

1.0    Introduction This article provides an overview of the types of engagement available in the British Army, specifically the Regular Army. 2.0     What are the Types of Engagement? Personnel in the Regular force of the British Army can be enlisted on one of the following types of engagement: Short Service; Versatile; and/or Local Service. 3.0    … Read More

Do You Know Your Press-up from Your Push-Up?

Press-ups have a long history, it was first noted as an amalgamation of two other Indian exercises. Press-ups also have a interesting link with Burpees and the Front Leaning Reach (FLR) (see link below). For those who don’t know, a press-up – which is a common calisthenics exercise (i.e. using your own body weight) –… Read More

Murder: Fitbit Data Used to Charge Suspect

After examining a Fitbit Alta device that Karen Navarra was wearing at the time of her death, police investigators discovered that her heart rate dramatically increased before slowing decreasing and stopping all together – all during a visit with her stepfather, Anthony Aiello. Police investigators in San Jose, California, have recently used a woman’s Fitbit… Read More

What is the Mine Counter Measures Vessels Environment Allowance?

The Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB) recommended, in their 2015 report, the introduction of a Mine Counter Measures Vessels (MCMV) Environmental Allowance (MEA). This was intended to compensate for the particularly arduous conditions and poor quality of life in MCMVs, and was designed to mitigate retention challenges within the MCMV community. The MEA rate… Read More