What is Freedom Day (Malta)?

Introduction Freedom Day (Maltese: Jum il-Ħelsien) is a Maltese national holiday celebrated annually on 31 March. Background This is the anniversary of the withdrawal of British troops and the Royal Navy from Malta in 1979. On taking power in 1971, the Labour Government indicated it wanted to re-negotiate the lease agreement with the United Kingdom.… Read More

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Online Housing Advice for Service Personnel

The Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO) has launched an online forum for service personnel and families. The Skype presentation is still delivered in the same format, with a financial mortgage advisor online, providing details on the mortgage process and answering any queries. This new delivery method provides personnel and their families with the ability… Read More

Remember the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) Scheme

You are encouraged – if it is applicable – to make use of the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme which has a relatively low take-up rate across the Forces. The initiative was introduced in 2017: a savings account which parents can use to pay for childcare. For every £8 they pay in, the government adds another… Read More

What was the Hundred Years’ War?

Introduction The Hundred Years’ War was a series of conflicts in Western Europe from 1337 to 1453, waged between the House of Plantagenet and its cadet House of Lancaster, rulers of the Kingdom of England, and the House of Valois over the right to rule the Kingdom of France. It was one of the most… Read More

The Military Physical Loading Questionnaire & the Effects of Occupational Loading

Research Paper Title The test-retest reliability of the Military Physical Loading Questionnaire (MPLQ). Background Despite the high prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries, there is a shortage of data quantifying the risk factors attributable to cumulative occupational demands among UK Military personnel. The researchers developed a new comprehensive questionnaire that examines occupational and operational physical loading during… Read More

What are the Rates of Medical Downgrade in the UK Armed Forces?

What is the percentage of personnel downgraded by service? 7% of UK Naval Service personnel were medically downgraded (MLD or MND) on a permanent basis; 11% of UK Army personnel were medically downgraded to (MLD or MND) on a permanent basis; and 6% of UK RAF personnel were medically downgraded to (MLD or MND) on… Read More

Are Pre-service Military-related & Mental Disorder Factors Associated with Leaving the UK Armed Forces?

Research Paper Title Pre-service Military-related and Mental Disorder Factors Associated with Leaving the UK Armed Forces. Background The UK Armed Forces (UKAF) have a substantial manning deficit as more personnel leave than join. This article identified pre-service, military, and mental health factors giving rise to leaving the UKAF and estimated the contributions to leaving of… Read More