HM Armed Forces
A country’s governance is very important in indicating the path that it will take for a period of time. The leadership that will be given to the people will gravely affect the country’s economic stability and global competitiveness. These concepts and its security are very vital in assuring the propagation of such nation. In lieu with this let’s take a look at one of the long standing armed forces in the world.
The armed force of the United Kingdom has been accorded with so many names like His/Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, the British Armed Forces, and at times within legal circles the Armed Forces of the Crown. It embraces three main divisions which include an air force, an army, and a navy. The constituent members of this armed force are composed of both professional and volunteer personnel. It has been considered as one of the largest military organization in Europe and fourth highest in terms of expenditures next only to the US, China, and France. This is due mainly to the varying fluctuations in the currency exchange.
The British Forces is regarded as having the second highest power projection capacity next to the United States. It is also considered as having the technological means that can support the demands of advanced military operations. Its navy which is called the Royal Navy has the distinction, aside from the United States, of having the resources and initiative of getting huge aircraft carriers. The Royal Navy places second in aspects of gross tonnage. The United Kingdom air force is also having organized processing in order to acquire the latest models of aircraft in the global scene.
The members of the UK forces swear their allegiance, loyalty, and respect to the Commander-in-Chief who is the British monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The British constitutional law indicates that the armed forces are under the power of the crown but during times of peace it is maintained accordingly with the guidance of the parliament. This is why the existence of the standing armed forces is annually reviewed by the parliament and this body is the one that decides whether there is a need for such force. Based on long standing legal conventions the Prime Minister has de facto influence over the armed forces which are managed by the Defense Council of the Ministry of Defense.
The primary purpose of the British Armed Forces is to protect the UK and all its territories in the overseas level while promoting the country’s national security and welfare as well as keeping strides in supporting international peacekeeping affairs and actions. This armed force is an active mainstay and common participant in NATO affairs and such other coalition activities. The UK also has connections with the Five Power Defense Arrangements.
Recent activities and operations of the armed force include the likes of being part of the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars, the intervention in Sierra Leone in 2000, and the continuing efforts to maintain peaceful times within Balkans and Cyprus. The UK makes a full effort in keeping the competence and security within its international facilities and military outposts that are situated in areas of Brunei, Canada, Diego Garcia, Germany, Gibraltar, Kenya, Qatar, Cyprus, Belize, Ascension Island, and the Falkland Islands.
A nation’s armed forces are very significant in making sure that each of its dreams and aspirations for a prosperous and peaceful existence is made possible.
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Facts about the British Armed Forces
October 21, 2014 By John Rabon
Courtesy of The Anglotopia Magazine
Today, the military works to stop terrorist threats abroad so they cannot cause destruction at home.
Below here you’ll find some interesting tidbits about the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and Royal Marines.
Get Out of Gulag Free
During World War II, many POW escapes from Nazi prison camps were the result of playing Monopoly. The Red Cross sent special Monopoly boxes marked with a red dot on the Free Parking space to let prisoners know.
In the game box, the Red Cross hid German marks amongst the monopoly money, a compass in the dog counter, a metal file in the board itself, and silk maps of the prison inside hollow hotel pieces.
Tim from Derbyshire says
A minor, but significant correction. It was the British Secret Services,
not the Red Cross, who hid escape equipment in
Monopoly sets. The sets were distributed to prisoners via
the Red Cross, who, we have to assume,
knew nothing of their hidden contents
Bring the Family
During the American Revolution, many British soldiers serving in the colonies actually brought their wives and children along. Women in the army at this time served as nurses, washer women, and sutlers (merchants who sell items to soldiers) or took jobs to support their families.
Approximately 20% of soldiers serving in America had their wives and children with them.
No Washers Nearby
In 2005, the Ministry of Defence issued soldiers special antimicrobial underwear that can be worn up to three months at a time without needing a change.
The first British “standing army” was formed in 1661. Before that point, armies had only been raised when they were needed.
Keep Your Wig On
The regiment known as the Blues and Royals has a tradition of saluting even when not wearing a cover (hat). The origin of this act comes from the Marquis of Granby, who led a cavalry charge in the Battle of Warburg during the Seven Years War.
His wig blew off as he led the charge, which originated the phrase “Going at it bare-headed.”
Never Again Volunteer Yourself
Contrary to popular belief, after the formation of the standing army in 1661, the army was a volunteer force until conscription was first introduced in 1916 during World War I. Conscription was reintroduced in 1939 for World War II.
Following the second war, conscription became known as “National Service” and required all men ages 17 to 21 to serve in the military for 18 months.
National Service ended in 1963 and conscription has not returned to Britain since.
Some Things in Life Are Bad…
During the Falklands War, HMS Sheffield was hit by an Argentinian anti-ship missile and slowly began to sink.
As the sailors awaited rescue, they began to sing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
During the first Gulf War, RAF pilots would often sing it on their missions.
Bridge of the River Kwai
In 1943, the Japanese military utilised 60,000 Allied POWs and 180,000 Asian prisoners to complete the Thailand-Burma Railway.
Thanks to horrible prison conditions and cruelty of guards, approximately 12,399 POWs and 90,000 Asians died during construction.
Roughly 6,318 of the POWs who died were British.
In 1863, Queen Victorian commissioned the Victoria Cross during the Crimean War. It is the highest honour that can be awarded to a member of the British Armed Forces and is actually made from scrap metal taken from a Russian cannon captured during the war.
Due to its rarity, the medal is a highly sought collectors’ item, and once fetched £400,000 at auction.
Cost Per Soldier
According to the Ministry of Defence, it costs £30,000 to train a soldier.
The selection process costs £7,000, while Basic Training and the Combat Infantry Course cost £23,000.
As we said this is Courtesy of The Anglotopia Magazine
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