Research: Is British Military Resettlement Cost-Effective & Fit for Purpose?

Dissertation Title The Transition and Reinvention of British Army Infantrymen. Abstract Social sciences approaches to the study of Armed Forces Veterans and their capacity to cope with social reintegration, have tended to focus on medicalised accounts of post-service trauma, characterised by Veteran mental health, homelessness, and suicide amongst our Short Service Leavers. Whilst the findings of… Read More


What is the Defence Assistance Fund?

The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) provides a range of support and assistance to countries worldwide through the Defence Assistance Fund (DAF) – they do not use the term military aid. Through the DAF, the MOD supports a variety of Defence Engagement activities designed achieve two aims: Provide practical help and assistance to recipient countries;… Read More

How Many Social Media Accounts Does the MOD Maintain?

The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) (including the British Army,  Royal Air Force, and Royal Navy) operate a variety of social media accounts: As of September 2018, there were a total of 720 registered social media accounts: Facebook: 472. Twitter: 240. YouTube: 8. It is important to note that the above are in constant flux,… Read More

How Much Money Does the MOD Spend on Boots?

The United Kingdom’s (UK’s) Ministry of Defence (MOD) spend a considerable sum on boots for its personnel across the three Services. Between 2004 and 2018, the MOD spent £211,110,250 on boots across four contracts. Between 2017 and 2022, the MOD will spend a further £59,400,000 across another three contracts. Reference FOI Request FOI2018/07154 dated 25 July 2018.

What are the Retention Rates for Graduates of the HCSC?

Each year the Ministry of Defence (MOD) runs a Higher Command and Staff Course (HCSC) for those officers it has identified as the most talented and who are expected to reach senior rank. Most attendees are OF-5 and a few are OF-6. Retention rates for graduates of the HCSC were: 2007-2011: 25% had left the… Read More

What is the Star Count Initiative?

The ‘Star Count’ initiative is a Ministry of Defence (MOD) policy to monitor the total number of 1-star (general officer rank) and above military personnel to assess whether the target of a reduction in these posts, from 500 in 2010 to 405 in 2020, will be reached. With 431 personnel at 1-star and above on… Read More