The Defence Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, sets out in The Sunday Telegraph why he believes the Coalition is right to radically reform UK defences. "The vision we've set out – Future Force 2020 – ensures that by the end of the decade we have coherent, efficient and cutting-edge Armed Forces prepared for the challenges of the future."
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The Guardian reports that the British Forces Broadcasting Service, for years a lifeline for members of the armed forces and their families, is to be put out to tender to competitive bidders. The report continues:
Read more: Guardian: BFBS to be put out to tender
BAFF has submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Committee which is considering the Armed Forces Bill 2011. Our three-page memorandum is about Representation of Armed Forces Personnel, the Military Covenant and the External Reference Group, Complaints and Redress, Recruitment of Young People, and Human Rights.
Representation, Human rights and members of the armed forces, Service Complaints and Redress, Under-18 recruitment, Armed forces covenant
Read more: BAFF submits written evidence to Armed Forces Bill Committee
Admiral Chris Parry writes in The Daily Telegraph that:
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Independent on Sunday: "A serving British soldier in Afghanistan, enraged by last week's news of Army sackings-by email, believes our forces are being taken for granted. He decided to tell The IoS of his feelings":
Read more: Independent on Sunday: 'A soldier writes from Afghanistan'
The Sun reports that "Dozens of soldiers off to the frontline in Afghanistan have been freezing their sperm in case they are killed or maimed." The article continues:
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BAFF is quoted in a report by the Sunday Telegraph defence correspondent, about the Army facing "huge cuts" after withdrawal from Afghanistan. The reductions would make the Army the smallest since the reign of George IV, who reigned 1820-1830. Quotes in the article:
Read more: Sunday Telegraph: 'Army facing huge cuts after withdrawal from Afghanistan'
According to the Daily Telegraph, thousands of injured personnel could be forced out of the military on medical grounds after the Army's head of personnel ordered commanders to face up to the "harsh reality" of an efficiency drive. But the minister for defence personnel, welfare and veterans has told the newspaper that no severely injured soldier will leave "until it is right for them and the Army, however long that takes". The newspaper reports that:
Read more: Telegraph: 'Wounded soldiers to be forced out of the Army'
A report in The Yorkshire Post claims that "domestic violence has soared across vast swathes of rural North Yorkshire with growing numbers of frustrated ex-servicemen who are unable to find employment fuelling the rise." The report continues:
Read more: Yorkshire Post: 'Domestic abuse soars as jobless soldiers return to civvy street'
The Belfast Telegraph reports that efforts to improve services for members of the armed forces in Northern Ireland have opened "deep divisions" between unionists and nationalists at the Assembly:
Read more: Belfast Telegraph: NI Assembly 'split over military perks'
The widow of a REME soldier killed in Afghanistan in 2008 has accused the Government of breaking its promise to British troops.
Read more: Express: War widow says she's been let down by Government
A Fijian citizen who was seriously injured in Iraq in 2005, and was diagnosed with PTSD after a further tour but reportedly received no treatment for it, is now threatened with deportation from the United Kingdom.
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Many commentators have welcomed the outcome of the House of Commons debate on 11 February 2011 about votes for prisoners. Conservative MP Simon Reevell, who voted for the successful motion, made an interesting point in defence of the European Court of Human Rights, without which much-needed improvements to the UK's court martial system would not have taken place.
Human rights and members of the armed forces
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According to a report in The Daily Mirror. Prime Minister David Cameron today "stands accused by the Labour Party" of breaking "10 crucial election pledges" to Britain's armed forces:
Read more: Mirror: David Cameron 'broke 10 pledges to troops'
According to a report in The Guardian, the armed forces have been warned that they cannot be spared from the government's spending cuts as pressure mounts on ministers to reconsider changes that could cost families thousands of pounds in pensions and allowances.
Read more: MoD cites spending cuts in row over pension changes for armed forces
(Daily Mail 09 Feb 2011). David Cameron was accused yesterday of breaking his promise over the military covenant — the state's responsibility to its Armed Forces:
Read more: British Legion accuses David Cameron over 'U-turn on pledge to war heroes'
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