Tech-savvy teens 'should be conscripted into armed forces to boost our defences'

Tech-savvy teens ‘should be conscripted into armed forces to boost our defences’

Tech-savvy teens should be ­conscripted into the armed forces and security services to boost our defences, a report urges. Think-tank the Royal United Services Institute is calling for a “highly targeted” Scandinavian-style scheme to tackle a recruitment crisis in the Army. And it said the process – from blue-sky thinking rather than a report ordered […]

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Kate Middleton shakes off flight horror as she pets hero dogs on Pakistan tour

Kate Middleton shakes off flight horror as she pets hero dogs on Pakistan tour

Kate Middleton beamed as she played with hero military dogs just hours after being caught up in a terrifying mid-air ordeal. The Duchess was pictured kneeling to stroke the bomb-sniffing puppies in training after commenting on last night’s lightning storm during their flight from Lahore to Islamabad. After multiple attempts to land the plane, they […]

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Red poppy to be used to remember civilian victims for first time | UK news

Red poppy to be used to remember civilian victims for first time | UK news

If you wear a red poppy this year, it will mean something different. The Royal British Legion has decided that the symbol that has long represented remembrance of the UK’s armed forces will now also stand for civilian victims, not just of war, but terrorism too. The decision by the 98-year old charity, which distributes […]

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One of the last surviving Dunkirk heroes celebrates 100th birthday

One of the last surviving Dunkirk heroes celebrates 100th birthday

One of the last surviving Dunkirk evacuation veterans has celebrated his 100th birthday. Gordon Sugg escaped occupied France after being carried by pals through the surf to the HMS Winchelsea after he was injured by a Nazi bomb. The private had landed as a 20-year-old months earlier with 9th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters. After suffering […]

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Suspect in soldiers' killings in Northern Ireland in 1972 refused bail | UK news

Suspect in soldiers’ killings in Northern Ireland in 1972 refused bail | UK news

A man accused of murdering two British soldiers in 1972 has been remanded in custody after appearing at Omagh magistrates court. John Downey, now 67, handed himself in to police on Friday after losing an appeal to challenge his extradition to the UK from the Republic of Ireland. A large crowd – including several Sinn […]

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Why is it called Black Friday and what is the meaning of it?

Why is it called Black Friday and what is the meaning of it?

Over the years Black Friday has snowballed into one of the nation’s biggest sales bonanzas on the calendar. If last year is anything to go by, crazed shoppers will stick to browsing online from home during the early hours to snap up coveted bargains. A stark contrast to the early years when shoppers expected long […]

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Thousands of military veterans 'let down by medical discharge failures' | UK news

Thousands of military veterans ‘let down by medical discharge failures’ | UK news

Military veterans are being “seriously failed” by the existing medical discharge process, which has led to tens of thousands being forced to leave the armed forces without a proper diagnosis or long-term medical support. The veterans charity Help for Heroes said the experiences of those seriously wounded, with mental health problems or otherwise unable to […]

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March soldier died on should not have gone ahead, inquest told | UK news

March soldier died on should not have gone ahead, inquest told | UK news

An army training march on a hot summer’s day in which a soldier collapsed and died should not have gone ahead, a heat expert has told an inquest. The expert said a key piece of equipment used in the military to assess heat during exercise was “erroneously” placed in the shade of a building and […]

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RAF serviceman dies after sustaining injury in rugby league match | Sport

RAF serviceman dies after sustaining injury in rugby league match | Sport

An RAF senior aircraftman has died after being injured playing in an inter-services rugby league match against the army. Scott Stevenson was hurt playing in the game at Aldershot last Friday night and news of his death was announced by his family in a Facebook post on Monday evening. Stevenson, 25, who was based at […]

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Ex-soldiers suffered degrading racial abuse in army, tribunal finds | UK news

Ex-soldiers suffered degrading racial abuse in army, tribunal finds | UK news

Two former paratroopers were subjected to racial harassment while in the army which created a “degrading, humiliating and offensive environment” for them, an employment judge has found. Nkululeko Zulu and Hani Gue took the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to a tribunal claiming it had failed to take reasonable steps to prevent discrimination and harassment against […]

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