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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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According to the newspaper website The Telegraph, United Kingdom is closed to release the request of information regarding the purchase of new 8x8 armoured vehicles for the British Army under the program Mechanised Infantry Vehicles (MIV). The Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) program will ...
Gen Carter's response to criticism was: "I happen to be very proud of the fact that the British army really does respect the background, ethnicity and gender of anybody. What this campaign is about is a recognition that we don't have a fully manned army at the moment, that the demography of our country ...
Three candidates are interviewed by the Prime Minister - but the successful candidate is the UK's Nairobi-born Army chief. 16:20, UK, Wednesday 28 March 2018. British army personnel. Image: The announcement was made by Downing Street. By Alistair Bunkall, Defence Correspondent. General Sir Nicholas Carter ...
Kensington Palace has confirmed Armed Forces units with a special connection to the groom, who served in the army for 10 years, have been selected for involvement. The soldiers will provide ceremonial support at the wedding ceremony at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19, and during ...

Some of the surviving detainees pictured in 2014, with Amnesty International's Colm O'Gorman, front right. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA. The European court of human rights' decision to reject a request to rebrand as torture the maltreatment of 14 detainees by the British state at the start of ...
A SECRETIVE British army base, which identified the nerve gas used to poison a former double agent, has for years been fuelling conspiracy theories with its pioneering research into chemical and biological weapons. Located near Salisbury, the southwestern English city, Porton Down is Britain's most ...
But later this month, largely thanks to the remarkable efforts of a British Army officer, no fewer than 90 of them will finally be named and 180 of their relatives will be able to put flowers on the graves of their loved ones for the first time. Geoffrey Cardozo was a 32-year-old captain when he was posted to the ...
A British army trainer accused of joining a “virulently racist” neo-Nazi group kept a terrorism manual written by the white nationalist Anders Breivik, a court heard. L/Cpl Mikko Vehvilainen is accused of membership of National Action, along with private Mark Barrett and a 23-year-old man who cannot be ...
Three men, among them a former soldier in the British army, were in custody last night being questioned about conspiring to murder a man as part of the ... The Irish Independent can reveal that the former soldier is Robert Brown, who spent around a decade in the British army and served in tours of Iraq and ...
Personnel from the Royal Air Force, British Army and Royal Navy were among those sent to Salisbury on Friday, a Ministry of Defence spokesman told CNN. London's Metropolitan Police tweeted that the public should not be alarmed and the public health advice remained the same. It explained that the ...
Four British Army Air Corps (AAC) Lynx Wildcat AH1 battlefield reconnaissance helicopters are to deploy to Estonia in April on the type's first operational mission, IHS Jane's Defence Weekly reported, citing a British Army announcement from March 1. The helicopters, based out of Royal Naval Air Station ...
A British Army spokesman said: “All those who are found to have committed an offence, including a criminal offence, under the Armed Forces Act 2006 are dealt with through the disciplinary process. “Those who have otherwise fallen short of the Army's high standards are dealt with administratively and may ...
Picture: courtesy of Brian Finch. We were, of course, part of a much larger force, mainly British Army units. Our task was to patrol the border, which was a watershed along the high ground between Sarawak and Indonesian Borneo, which they call Kalimantan. The strategy was aggressive patrolling along the ...
THERE are approximately 1300 Fijians serving in the British Army, says British High Commissioner to Fiji Melanie Hopkins. Ms Hopkins said the program they had opened to Fiji was available to all in the Commonwealth countries when it came to the recruitment of personnels for the British Army. "Since the ...
The British Army has released its ad campaign which lauds different sexualities, ethnicities and faiths after being criticised for being too “politically correct”. The £1.6 million “This is Belonging” campaign answers whether hopeful troops can be “gay”, “emotional” and “practice their faith” in the army. . General ...

The deployment of UK Army Air Corps Lynx Wildcat helicopters to Estonia next month will the type's first operational deployment.The deployment of UK Army Air Corps Lynx Wildcat helicopters to Estonia next month will the type's first operational deployment. Source: IHS Markit/Patrick Allen ...
MEMBERS of the Armed Forces have been called in to help emergency services cope with relief efforts around the UK after the Met Office issued red warnings as the adverse weather conditions look set to continue. By Alessandra Scotto di Santolo. PUBLISHED: 21:57, Thu, Mar 1, 2018 | UPDATED: 21:59, Thu, Mar 1, 2018 ...
This is 20-year-old Aaron Wilson's first operational deployment with the British Army. "It's been easier than I would have ... Other than offering a military presence, a significant effort seems to be being made by the British Army in developing relationships with residents. They are keen to be part of the ...
Dogs who have risked their lives in the service of Britain's Armed Forces are being put down because they are “failing to maintain standards” including good behaviour, it has emerged. Figures released by the Ministry of Defence show that nearly 40 military working dogs were euthanised in the ten months ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Calls are growing for Walter Tull, the first black person to serve as an officer in the British army, to be posthumously awarded a military cross as the centenary of his death on the battlefield approaches. Tull, who was a professional footballer at the outbreak of the first world war, gained his commission as ...
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 ...
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.


 

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