12 Tips on How to Prepare for Your Next Army Career Course

Introduction Soldier education was given an overhaul earlier this year – with the Army Leadership Development Programme (ALDP) launched as a replacement for the old Command, Leadership and Management (CLM) system. The scheme is split into two modules which personnel will undertake as they move up the ranks. Military Training (MT); and Military Education (ME).… Read More

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Reserve Training Completion Bonus Extension

Eligibility for Reservists to claim their training completion bonus has been extended to 31 March 2021. To receive each of the scheme’s two £1,000 payments, new entrants must complete phase one training by this date and phase two training by 31 March 2023. All other Reserve financial incentives are now closed, including the Reserve commitment… Read More

The Stigma of Weakness

The head of the Army’s mental health engagement team has called on the chain of command to better recognise that “vulnerability is not a failure”. Colonel Tim Boughton said more should be done to tackle the stigma that admitting to difficulties is to show weakness. Arguing that physical fitness is indivisible from mental fitness, the… Read More

Corporals can now Complete ALDP Modules on Personal Devices

Designate Corporals can now complete their required training from their laptops and other personal electronic devices. Replacing part three of the classroom-based CLM course, the Army Leadership Development Programme allows participants to save each module, completing the five-day syllabus at their own pace. Candidates must finish the package, which is on the Defence Learning Environment,… Read More

Outline of the SA80: Cost and Specifications

SA80 is the designation for a revolutionary family of assault weapons and, on its introduction, it proved so accurate that the British Army’s marksmanship tests had to be redesigned. Originally developed by the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield. SA80 A2 Variant SA80 A2 comprises the: Individual Weapon (IW); and Light Support Weapon (LSW): It… Read More

What was the Second Anglo-Maratha War?

Introduction The Second Anglo-Maratha War (1802–1805) was the second conflict between the British East India Company and the Maratha Empire in India. Background The British had supported the “fugitive” Peshwa Raghunathrao in the First Anglo-Maratha War, continued with his “fugitive” son, Baji Rao II. Though not as martial in his courage as his father, the… Read More

What was the Fashoda Incident?

Introduction The Fashoda Incident was the climax of imperial territorial disputes between Britain and France in East Africa, occurring in 1898. A French expedition to Fashoda on the White Nile river sought to gain control of the Upper Nile river basin and thereby exclude Britain from the Sudan. The French party and a British-Egyptian force… Read More