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The British Army is the land warfare branch of the British Armed Forces. The English army, founded in 1660, was succeeded in 1707 by the new British Army, incorporating existing Scottish regiments. It was administered by the War Office from London, which was subsumed into the Ministry of Defence in 1964. The professional head of the British Army is the Chief of the General Staff.


The full-time element of the British Army is referred to as the Regular Army and has been since the creation of the reservist Territorial Force in 1908. All members of the Army swear (or affirm) allegiance to the monarch as commander-in-chief. However, the Bill of rights of 1689 requires Parliamentary consent for the Crown to maintain a standing army in peacetime. Parliament approves the continued existence of the Army by passing an armed forces Act at least once every five years. In contrast to the Royal navy, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force, the British Army does not include Royal in its title because, after a historic struggle between Parliament and monarchy, the British Army has always been answerable to Parliament rather than the Monarch. Many of the Army's constituent regiments and corps have been granted the "Royal" prefix and have members of the Royal Family occupying senior honorary positions within some regiments.

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Edward Burke's new book examines the story of British Army soldiers who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. On July 30th, 1972, the British Army commander in Derry, Brigadier Pat MacLellan, sent a memorandum to all of his units, barely six months after the fatal shooting of 14 unarmed ...

A decorated army major who has faced seven separate inquiries over the death of an Iraqi teenager 15 years ago is now being investigated for an eighth time, the Telegraph has learned. Major Robert Campbell said he had been "broken" by the discovery that yet another official inquiry had been launched ...
There's a fascinating account of an early training exercise during the absorbing documentary Squaddies on the Frontline (BBC One, Wednesday, 9pm), one that provides a revealing and grimly comic moment in in a documentary that is otherwise light on humour. In a mock-up of a Northern Irish ...
soldiers at a British Army barracks in Aldershot say they have been living without reliable hot water and heating for almost a year. One soldier told the BBC that conditions at Keogh Barracks are "worse than those on the frontline". It highlights a wider problem as the Ministry of Defence struggles to find the ...
THE FAMILY OF Aidan McAnespie, a Tyrone man shot dead by the British Army 30 years ago today, will not be given the full report into his death. The 24-year-old was shot shortly after crossing an army checkpoint on his way to Aughaloo GAC on 21 February 1988. The soldier involved, then-18-year-old ...

Mr Spence said it was no coincidence that Palmer, who served in the British Army until November 2015, was in the vicinity at the time of the killing. He continued: "Sometimes as Alex, sometimes as Little Alex, the voice at times urged him to kill people. "He appears to have some ill-feeling or a grudge ...
Limbering and unlimbering artillery was time consuming, so the British Army hastened development of a 25-pounder self-propelled howitzer called the Bishop. Weapons rushed into combat often make for poor weapons -- and the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company's self-propelled Bishop ...
The British Army unveiled the major components of its Sky Sabre air defence system at a customer engagement event on 5 February. The event, hosted by 16 Regiment Royal Artillery at its home base at Baker Barracks, Thorney Island in West Sussex, brought together for the first time in a public forum the ...
The Ministry of Defence has released a number of eye-catching photographs capturing British Army soldiers on exercise in Estonia. UK soldiers in Estonia for Exercise Winter Camp. A soldier standing in front of an AS-90 self-propelled artillery gun in the winter snow of Estonia. UK soldiers in Estonia for ...
With temperatures dropping down to -19C at one point, dealing with the cold was a "massive challenge" as the British Army is used to windy, rainy and more temperate environments. Despite the plunging temperatures the British soldiers slept outside in four-man tents nestled amongst their heavy beast-like ...
The British Army are coming to Coventry and Nuneaton this week and they're looking for new recruits. Throughout this week (February 12-18), the British Army is bringing a whole host of kit, information and challenges, including a VR parachute jump, to showcase the opportunities that come with a role in ...
The Chief of the General Staff said he is looking at ways women could serve in the Gurkhas. General Sir Nick Carter said that this will happen 'sooner rather than later':. "The goal is for all of the roles in the British Army to be opened up for women, and I think that will obviously apply to Gurkhas as well.
The British Army joined a campaign to make 2018 the 'Year of engineering' by holding an event aimed at inspiring young people. It forms part of a government and industry-led effort to boost enthusiasm for engineering in the next generation. A hundred school and college students were invited to meet ...
Gunners from 7th Parachute Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery (7 Para RHA) have been braving the harsh terrain of Sennybridge, Wales, in an effort to boost their rank to Lance Bombardier. In the second part of our exclusive coverage, the troops are tasked with occupying a harbour to defend their platoon.
A former British Army soldier who fought against ISIS in Syria is to be charged with a terror offence. James (Jim) Matthews has been ordered to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 14 February to be formally accused of attending a "place used for terrorist training". A spokesperson for the ...
Britain's military leaders of the future are being put to the test on one of the biggest training areas in the UK. Forces Network has been given exclusive access to the 31,000-acre site at Sennybridge in Wales. Our cameras have been following 7th Parachute Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery (7 Para RHA) ...

The army's 'Ice maidens' team were given a heroes' welcome as they arrived home from a record-breaking journey across Antarctica. Members of the six-strong team became the first all-female group to cross the continent using muscle power alone. Covering 1,700km in just 61 days, they travelled up to 45 ...
London: Recruitment advertising for the British Army came in for a blast of criticism last month, but its creators have argued the need to look beyond the "18-30 holiday with helicopters and guns" approach if challenging targets are to be met. Speaking at the DMA What's Next event in London, Matthew ...
I had never thought that I would reach this place when I first joined as a private in the British Army." "I will keep intact the dignity of ... Magar is the fourth Nepali to become a Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army after Lal Bahadur Pun, Bijay Rawat and Yam Bahadur Rana. All three predecessors of Magar ...
The UK government has denied using illegal recruitment tactics to enlist young Irishmen into the British Army. The Royal Irish Regiment, an infantry unit of the British Army, paid to promote a facebook post about an open evening at Lowfield Camp in Ballymena, Co Antrim. The sponsored post said: "Speak ...
A team of British soldiers who became the first female group to cross Antarctica using muscle power alone have flown back to the UK saying they hoped their exploits would encourage others to push themselves physically and mentally. The six woman team flew back to London a fortnight after completing a ...
The British Army's new recruitment adverts have caused a bit of a stir by targeting minority groups with their more 'touchy feely' message. The intent was clearly to appeal to an audience that might have reservations about a career in the army. But there's also another message: The British Army's changing.
The British Army's new recruitment adverts have caused a bit of a stir by targeting minority groups with their more 'touchy feely' message. The intent was clearly to appeal to an audience that might have reservations about a career in the army. But there's also another message: The British Army's changing.
A BRITISH soldier has mysteriously died at an army base in Iraq while on a mission to help fight ISIS. Captain Dean Sprouting's death wasn't the result of enemy action, but it is being investigated, the Ministry of Defence said today. Dean Sprouting died at an Iraqi base on Wednesday. PA:Press Association.
THREE British Army officers have denied charges relating to the death of an Irish soldier who was killed by a stray bullet. Ranger Michael Maguire, of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment, was taking part in a live ammunitions training exercise in Wales six years ago when he sustained a fatal head ...
Two British Army officers and a sergeant have denied charges relating to the death of an Cork-born soldier killed by a stray bullet. Ranger Michael Maguire, of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment, was taking part in a live ammunitions training exercise when he was fatally struck in the head. Michael ...
A senior British Army officer has apologised to the family of a young solider who died at the Deepcut barrracks in Surrey over 20 years ago. At a second inquest into the death of Private Sean Benton, Brigadier Christopher Coles spoke directly to Private Benton's sister Tracy Lewis and twin brother Tony ...
The head of the British Army has given a blunt warning that government spending cuts are undermining the country's ability to match its adversaries on the battlefield. General Nick Carter said conflicts in Ukraine and Syria have given Russian forces battlefield experience, as cutbacks in Britain have left the ...
A group of British Army soldiers has become the first all-female expedition to trek across Antarctica on foot. Major Nicola Wetherill, Major Natalie Taylor, Captain Zanna Baker, Lieutenant Jenni Stephenson and reservists Major Sandy Hennis and Lance Sergeant Sophie Montagne arrived at Hercules Inlet ...
The British Army's ability to respond to threats "will be eroded if we don't keep up with our adversaries", reads the speech, approved by Defense ... He will add that Russia is building an increasingly aggressive expeditionary force, which already boasts capabilities the British Army would struggle to match.
The British Army's Ice Maiden team has become the first all-female team to cross Antarctica using muscle power alone. Enduring 62 days on the ice and travelling up to 43km a day, the six soldiers finally crossed the finishing line yesterday. The feat saw the women battling temperatures as low as -40C and ...
The 34-year-old, known as Ricky, reportedly worked for the military in Afghanistan for 16 years, during which he is said to have showed "unfailing loyalty". His refused application for sanctuary in the UK has prompted anger from senior British Army officers, who also vehemently opposed the detention and ...
The British Army says that criticism around its latest campaign will "help challenges perceptions" of the army and encourage more diverse recruits. The 'This is Belonging 2018′ campaign, created by Karmarama, shows a series of short films that address questions of faith and mental health. The videos are ...
In this one-off lecture General Sir Nicholas Carter, Chief of the General Staff, will elaborate on some of the increasingly real threats that pose a risk to the UK's way of life as described by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach in his annual Chief of the Defence Staff lecture to RUSI last December. He will consider the implications ...
Though it was built around a message of inclusiveness and "belonging", the British Army's latest recruitment campaign has provoked considerable criticism. The advertisements were created to encourage all kinds of people to join the armed forces - regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender.
The British Army's longest-serving Afghan interpreter has been denied the right to relocate to the UK, provoking outrage among senior military officials. Guardian Today: the headlines, the analysis, the debate - sent direct to you. Read more. The 34-year-old interpreter, known as Ricky, worked for the British ...
The British Army has officially retired its Lynx helicopter fleet after almost 40 years in service, the army announced on 16 January. Lynx entered into service in 1978 as a primary battlefield utility helicopter and has been utilised to destroy tanks, gather intelligence, medical evacuation and provide ...
The British Army's new recruitment videos are rather surprising. Instead of depicting masculine, gun-wielding warriors on the battlefield, they feature, short, alluring animations that speak to those who would not ordinarily volunteer for the most respected of national institutions. The message of these ...
A Muslim radio host has defended a British Army recruitment campaign which targets gay people. Maajid Nawaz took to his LBC show to defend the 'This is Belonging 2018' campaign by the army. . The campaign includes answers to questions like "can I be gay and in the army" and "can I practice my faith ...
Revealing the identity of a retired British Army major during the inquest of an IRA man shot by soldiers would hamper his ability to holiday in Ireland, a coroner has heard. The former company commander with the Royal Scots regiment is due to give evidence at next month's inquest for Seamus Bradley, who ...
The British Army is saying goodbye to the Lynx helicopter with a farewell flypast around the UK. Four Lynx have left RAF Odiham in Hampshire as the aircraft is decommissioned after 40 years of service. The tour will take them past military bases and locations associated with the aircraft, before culminating ...
A campaign launched by the British Army aims to recruit those who might not think they're welcome in the military, including women, Muslims, LGBT people, and people of color. Royal army. Building on a series of ads launched last year, "This is Belonging 2018" features animated promos voiced by actual ...
New British Army advert shows Muslim soldier praying on battlefield in front of his comrades. The advert shows the troop removing his helmet, gun and boots as he kneels on the ground while his comrades watch on in silence. By Holly Christodoulou. 15th January 2018, 9:11 am. Updated: 15th January 2018, 11:21 am ...
This former soldier delivered the most powerful and passionate monologue railing against any further cuts to the British Army. Grant served in the forces for 20 years, and his call to Iain Dale won huge praise from LBC listeners. He was speaking amid reports that military chiefs have drawn up a plan to cut ...
The new campaign drive launched by the British Army, offering new recruits emotional support and a 'place you belong', has been slammed by officials for being 'too politically correct', 'neglecting the main group of people who are interested in joining' and being inefficient in helping to solve the 'army's ...
TWO hundred translators from Afghanistan who risked their lives working for the British Army face "discrimination" over attending college and universities in Scotland, it has been claimed. The Scottish government has been accused of unfair treatment of the military interpretors who were given special leave ...
'Horrifying' defence cuts could see British Army smaller than before Napoleonic wars. Published time: 12 Jan, 2018 08:57. Get short URL ... The British Army is reportedly facing cuts that would see it reduced to numbers last seen more than 200 years ago. Three funding plans drawn up by military bigwigs have been ...
The £1.6 million ($2.2 million) campaign forgoes the quick cuts of helicopters skimming the tops of trees, soldiers in the field and rockets firing. Instead, the emphasis is on less tangible, though no less felt, questions about the army, including whether it's ok to cry if you're a soldier, the BBC reports.
Instead, the British Army's new animated recruitment campaign emphasizes the organization's emotional support, with a particular focus on minorities. The new advertisements feature questions such as "Can I be gay in the army?", "Can I practice my faith in the Army?", and "What if I get emotional in the ...


 

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