Should the British Army Adopt Gender-Neutral Naming Conventions for its Ranks?

Calls have been made for the Army to review its ranking system, following on from steps both the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy (RN) have made towards more inclusive language in recent years. Some army ranks/roles have no female or gender-neutral alternative, such as Guardsman, Kingsman and Craftsman. Last year, the RAF dropped… Read More

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What was the Esher Report (1904)?

Introduction The Esher Report of 1904, chaired by Lord Esher, recommended radical reform of the British Army, such as the creation of an Army Council, General Staff and Chief of the General Staff and the abolition of the Commander-in-Chief of the Forces. The change to the character of the Army has endured. Background The Second… Read More

Who was Edward Lawson?

Introduction Edward Lawson VC (11 April 1873 to 02 July 1955) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was a Private in the 1st Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders, British Army… Read More

Who was Arthur Borton?

Introduction Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Drummond Borton VC, CMG, DSO (01 July 1883 to 05 January 1933) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Biography Borton was born at Cheveney, Kent to British officer Arthur… Read More

A Brief Outline of Discharge As Of Right (UK)

Outline All British Army entrants under the age of 18 are permitted to Discharge As Of Right (DAOR) after 28 days having given 14 days’ notice, up until their 18th birthday. After completing the first six months of Service, the individual will leave directly after the 14 days’ notice period. From six months until their… Read More

Who was John Berryman?

Introduction John Berryman VC (18 July 1825 to 27 June 1896) was a British Army non-commissioned officer and a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Victoria Cross Action Born in Dudley, England, Berriman was 29 years… Read More

A Brief Overview of the Type S Engagement

Purpose of the Type S Engagement The British Army uses the Type S engagement for all officer pre-career service and in some cases to afford Army Reserve soldiers an opportunity for Regular service. Direct Entry Officers All those who are not in Regular service are attested to a Type S engagement on entry to the… Read More