“In dealing with a similar PO in 2013, a total of seven, service personnel under the age of 18 were identified as having been deployed in the period 2007-10 in Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon closer inspection of the information, only two out of the four service personnel were actually deployed to Iraq before the age… Read More
Between 1984 and July 2018, there were a total of zero (0) recorded deaths either on training or operations due to diagnosed or undiagnosed bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) heart malformation within the UK armed forces. Reference FOI 2018/08466 dated 31 July 2018.
Research Paper Title Phantom menace: novel psychoactive substances and the UK Armed Forces. Abstract Novel psychoactive substances (NPS) encompass a large group of synthesised compounds specifically designed to mimic traditional recreational drugs. Current UK Armed Forces compulsory drug testing does not screen for these substances, making them tempting to the small proportion of UK Armed… Read More
There are a variety of opportunities for non-commissioned personnel to become commissioned officers in the British Armed Forces as outlined below. Naval Services The Naval Service ((Royal Navy) and Royal Marines (RM)) runs several schemes to provide opportunities for the promotion of RN and RM Other Ranks to commissioned ranks. These personnel compete along side… Read More
A new identification (ID) card for UK armed forces veterans, which will help them access specialist support and services, has started to be issued to service leavers. From 18 February 2019, any personnel who have left the military since December 2018 will automatically be given one of the new ID cards, which will allow them… Read More
Notwithstanding the major religions, the UK Armed Forces has a number of Regular personnel with a variety of other religions (see Table below). Religion  Naval Service  Army RAF Baha’i – ¬ – Druid ¬ ¬ 10 Jainist – – ¬ Kirati ¬ 120 ¬ Pagan 30 90 30 Rastafarian 40 160 20 Spiritualist 10… Read More
The Defence Discount Service provides discounts for members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and Armed Forces Community both: Online; and On the high street. Defence Discount Service is home of the Defence Privilege Card, the vetted discount card that can be used in stores, restaurants and venues to obtain armed forces discounts. This discount card… Read More