What is the Number of UK Military Working Dogs that have Died during Operations?

Number of Military Working Dogs On 01 October 2018, there were 833 military working dogs in service with the British Armed Forces. Number of Military Working Dogs that have Died Between 2013 and 2018, four military working dogs have died on operations: Three died in 2013: Two were killed in action; and One died of… Read More

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Democracy & Combat Deaths

“Fewer than one in 100,000 people have died in combat per year since 2000 – one-sixth the rate between 1950 and 2000, and one-fiftieth of that between 1900 and 1950.” (The Economist, 2018, p.89). Research by the Economist suggests there is a strong correlation between democracy and peace. A stark exception to this was the… Read More

Truth: War & Death…

“There’s only one truth about war; people die.” Philip Sheridan (1831 to 1888) Philip Henry Sheridan was a US Army officer and Union general. He was a highly successful US cavalry officer whose driving military leadership in the last year of the American Civil War was instrumental in defeating the Confederate Army.

Death: Valiantly or Cowardly…

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste death but once.” William Shakespeare (1564 to 1616), from Julius Caesar Shakespeare was an English poet, dramatist, and actor, often called the English national poet and considered by many to be the greatest dramatist of all time.

Waking & Sleeping Nightmare…

“Every waking and sleeping moment, my nightmare is the fact that I will give an order that will cause countless numbers of human beings to lose their lives.” General Norman Schwarzkopf (1934 to 2012), speaking in 1991 Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf was a US Army officer who commanded Operation Desert Storm, the American-led military action that… Read More

What is the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)?

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) pays compensation for injury, illness, or death attributable to Service that occurred on or after 06 April 2005. Under the AFCS, an individual can make multiple claims, both in-Service and post-Service. The AFCS replaced the War Pension Scheme (WPS) and the the attributable elements of the Armed Forces and… Read More

What is the War Pension Scheme (WPS)?

The War Pension Scheme (WPS) provides no-fault compensation for all ex-Service personnel where illness, injury, or death is caused by Service from the start of the First World War in 1914 up until 05 April 2005. The WPS was replaced by the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). Reference FOI 2018/08416 dated July 2018.