What is a Garrison Sergeant Major?

Introduction A garrison Sergeant Major (GSM) in the British Army is the senior warrant officer of a garrison and holds the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1). London District The GSM London District, always a guardsman, holds one of the four most senior WO1 appointments in the British Army, and has military ceremonial responsibility… Read More


What is the Purpose of the Recruitment & Retention Allowance (London)?

The intent of Recruitment and Retention Allowance (London) (RRA(L)) is to counter reluctance to serve in designated London locations by contributing to the higher costs encountered during an assignment to the capital and by compensating for the reduced quality of the infrastructure supporting both the living and working environment. RRA(L) also recognises: The stress of… Read More

New GSM for London District

A new Garrison Sergeant-Major (GSM) has been appointed to the London District. Warrant Officer Class 1 (W01) Vern Stokes (Coldstream Guards) will oversee ceremonial events in the capital and beyond following the departure of WO1 (GSM) Bill Mott (Welsh Guards), who retired after 13 years in the job. Cutting an imposing figure at nine-feet tall in his bearskin, WO1 Stokes… Read More