On This Day … 07 April

Events 451 – Attila the Hun sacks the town of Metz and attacks other cities in Gaul. 611 – Maya king Uneh Chan of Calakmul sacks rival city-state Palenque in southern Mexico. 1141 – Empress Matilda became the first female ruler of England, adopting the title ‘Lady of the English’. 1521 – Ferdinand Magellan arrives… Read More

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Do We Need to Develop & Sustain Initiatives that improve Military Career Satisfaction & Retention of Medical Corps Officers?

Research Paper TItle Army Physician Career Satisfaction Based on a Medical Corps Survey. Background It is critical the U.S. Army retains skilled physicians in the Medical Corps (MC) to ensure direct support to military operations and medical readiness. The purpose of this study was to examine US Army physicians’ opinions concerning: readiness to perform required… Read More

The Creative Leader…

“The creative leader is one who will rewrite doctrine, employ new weapons systems, develop new tactics and who pushes the state of the art.” John O. Marsh, Jr. (1926 to 2019) John Otho Marsh Junior was an American politician and an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law. He served as the United… Read More

British Army’s First Cold Weather Instructor Course

The British Army is now developing its own winter warfare training teams. Currently this training is led by the Royal Marines, our cold weather experts, across the whole of UK Defence. This new course, besides helping to reduce the likelihood of cold weather injuries, will enable future Army instructors to deliver training to soldiers deploying… Read More

Need a Mental Health Buddy?

A former gunner has set up an initiative to help veterans with mental health issues in his hometown of Barrow-in-Furness. Tony McNally has introduced a buddy system whereby ex-Service personnel give up their time to talk to others. Working closely with local authorities and healthcare professionals, the volunteers are on standby to provide extra support… Read More

New Plank Record

A 62-Year-old former US Marine has set a world record for maintaining the plank. On 15 February 2020, George Hood kept static for an incredible 8 hours 15 minutes and 15 seconds. Hood, a former US Marine and retired Drug Enforcement Administration supervisory special agent, has broken the record for longest plank before, in 2011… Read More

New Assessment for Commanding Officers

Future commanding officers (CO’s) are being given a helping hand into post with a temperature check on how they are likely to be perceived by their subordinates. They will receive a so-called “180 degree” assessment in which around a dozen troops provide feedback on a leader’s attributes. The CO’s will also be interviewed and given… Read More