UK Military “Close to Breaking” (what the hell???)

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So a while back I heard of the ridiculous political-correctness propaganda forced upon the UK Navy; I didn’t share it on here back then, but here it is: READ HERE. Some months later I laughed a bit when I heard that the UK Military apparently are looking for “future leaders with the right personality” (to paraphrase) since there seems to be a problem with the attitude of individuals being recruited into the Military from the politically correct SJW factories….(hmmm..I wonder why?)

Apparently they are looking for people with leadership qualities … I also remember seeing that Donald Trump’s anti-transgender move was criticised by military figures here in the UK, but lo-and-behold, what did I just see over at Yahoo news? crazy.

In the middle of all of our terrorist attacks this year I decided to actually find out how big the British Military is and back then I published this: The British Military & Police Force in Numbers.

Now it has just been revealed that retired British Army General Sir Richard Barrons is sounding the alarm, which is certainly disturbing news. If this is true I have to admit that I am genuinely surprised; sure I’ve had my suspicions about the state of affairs after figuring out how small our forces are, but technologically I was convinced that we were ready for anything. Not that we apparently have “an Army that is now broadly speaking 20 years out of date.” This sounds more like the comedy that is Sweden or the tragedy that is Norway. I thought England was in a much stronger and better position; not that it takes much to be that … now that I think of it :/

A retired British Army general has described the UK military as “not fit for purpose” and warned that North Korea might be able to hit London with a nuclear missile “within the next 12 to 18 months”.

General Sir Richard Barrons, until recently one of the country’s most senior military chiefs, told the Commons Defence Select Committee that Britain would struggle to defend itself if attacked and any attempts to reduce the size of the Royal Marines would be “folly”.

“There are clearly existential threats to our country and they come in many forms,” he said to the cross-party group of MPs.

“They come in the form of Daesh (Islamic State), who if they could, would find weapons of mass destruction and apply them to the UK.

“We are locked in a daily confrontation with Russia, the Prime Minister said so herself yesterday.

“We are looking at North Korea which within the next 12 to 18 months will make a nuclear missile to an intercontinental range ballistic missile that could reach London and we can’t deal with that.”

He added: “We now live in an age where people who are not on our side have capability that they could, I’m not saying they will, but could, inflict on the UK homeland at short notice which we can’t deal with.”

Sir Richard had a long career in the Army which included tours of Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

As Commander of Joint Forces Command, he had responsibilities for all three armed services. He retired only last year, something which makes his comments all the more relevant and pointed.

He said: “The people who are in defence…they’re never going to say publically, or to themselves, or to their enemy, or to their allies, that we’re broken but when they fly, sail or deploy on the land and they look at their equipment, they look at their sustainability and they look at their shortfalls in training and they look at their allies, they know they are not fit for purpose.”

General Barrons was giving evidence to the Defence Select Committee during a session about the ongoing national security review. The review is due to be published next year and will likely result in more cuts to the armed forces.

Warning that the UK military is “close to breaking”, the retired general said that unless the Government provides more money “it will fall over”.

He added: “The first discussion in Government should be ‘how much risk are we running in the world and what do we need to do to fix it?’

“They don’t seem to want to have that discussion and so you end up with the risk of a ridiculous zero-sum discussion, both within a service…and between the services which is why you end up with, currently, a Navy that is structurally underfunded, an Air Force that is holding together a bunch of very good equipment but really at the edge of their engineering and support capacity and an Army that is now broadly speaking 20 years out of date.”

 

The British Military & Police Force in Numbers.

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After having read “Warriors & Citizens – American Views of Our Military edited by Kori Schake & Jim Mattis,” I decided to google the size of the British forces. Downsizing seems to have been on the agenda not only in my native country of Norway, but also here in England just as it was in the USA under the Obama administration. In this day and age with all of our shared threats/enemies in Europe I thought that this information could be of interest to everybody:

TOTAL BRITISH ARMED FORCES

OVERVIEW (as at late 2015)

REGULAR FORCES
Royal Navy 33,450 (includes 7,000 Royal Marines)
Army 92,000 (includes 2,700 Gurkhas)
Royal Air Force 35,030
Total Regular Forces
160,460

(Figures are for trained and untrained personnel and include small numbers of Full Time Reserves).
Army Figure includes about 2,700 Gurkhas
By 2020, Regular Forces levels are planned to be about: Army 82,000, Royal Navy 30,000, Royal Air Force 33,000

RESERVES
Army 20,480
Maritime 1,940
Royal Air Force 1,500
There are probably over 50,000 Regular Reserves who could be recalled in a major emergency.
MOD Civilians 61,630 (late 2015)

More can be read here: Armed Forces.

The first line of defence for a terror attack in the UK is the police force. Before any of the military units detailed later in this article can go into action on UK soil, authorisation to do so must be given by civilian authorities. This authorisation usually comes from a crisis response committee held in special conference rooms in Whitehall. Sometimes referred to as COBR or COBRA, these committees are headed by the Prime Minister or other top civilian leaders. COBRA analyses the level of threat and determines how to respond. As the politicians and security chiefs sit in committee, it will be the police on the scene of a terrorist incident who will be the first responders.

Each United Kingdom police constabulary maintains a specialist firearms capability with tactical team members trained to Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO) standard or higher. AFOs are roled with carrying out law enforcement operations outside the capability of regular, unarmed officers. AFOs in an Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) unit would typically be the first armed police unit to arrive at the scene of a terrorist attack.

More can be read here: Elite UK Forces.

The UK military’s primary counter-terrorism unit is the Army’s 22nd Special Air Service. At any time, one full SAS Squadron (around 60 men), designated the Special Projects Team, is on standby to respond to a terrorist incident. Squadrons rotate into the CT role on a six-monthly basis. The SAS wrote the book on rescuing hostages from buildings, planes, trains and vehicles.

The file from where I copied this was automatically downloaded when I clicked on “Police numbers in England & Wales – Parliament UK.” If you google it you can get the file yourself and see the graphs, etc.

Police numbers in England & Wales

●  There were 124,066 full-time equivalent police officers in the 43 police forces of England and Wales on 31 March 2016, a 2,752 decrease (2.2%) compared with a year earlier. In addition there were 296 central service secondees (bringing the total to 124,362). There were 2,968 British Transport Police officers.

●  Since March 2003 this headline measure of police strength has included staff on career break or maternity/paternity leave. Excluding staff on career break or maternity/paternity leave, to enable longer term comparisons, the strength of the 43 police forces was 118,779 at March 2016, the lowest level since March 1985.

●  Since 2010 there are nearly 20,000 fewer FTE police officers, a reduction of nearly 14%.

●  Police forces recruited 4,735 officers in the 12 months to March 2016, with 7,701 officers leaving over that period.

●  The proportion of female police officers in England and Wales has increased from 7% in 1977 to 29% by 2016.

●  Ethnic minority strength as a proportion of total police service strength increased from 1.0% in 1989 to 6% in March 2016. In London, the proportion of ethnic minority officers in the Metropolitan Police force is 12%.

● The Library’s Police Service Strength briefing paper contains updated UK-wide statistics.

These are the requirements if you feel like joining the law enforcement in the UK:

As you might imagine, applicant guidelines are fairly comprehensive, but here are a few highlights:

-there are no minimum or maximum height requirements
-there is no formal educational requirement, but you will have to pass written tests
-you must be either a British Citizen, a citizen of the EU or other states in the EEA, or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national with indefinite leave to remain in the UK
-although you may still be eligible to join the police service if you have minor convictions/cautions, there are certain offences and conditions that will make you ineligible. If you are at all unsure, contact your chosen force for more information
you must physically and mentally be able to undertake police duties.

More can be read right here: Police Recruitment in the UK.

This is a very interesting interview with the American Defence Secretary James Mattis even though I find some of his remarks regarding ISIS slightly puzzling. There are those who regard Islamist terrorist organisations such as ISIS as 100% legitimate in terms of their relation to the militant aspects of Islam. This is apparently why young people decide to leave Europe to join them, because they are seen as “true.” So how you can make “Islamism” illegitimate if their “legitimacy” is justified within “holy texts” beats me, unless these parts of the text are omitted. It is good to hear that America intend to humiliate the enemy, but all I could think of when hearing this was how we here in Europe are constantly being delegitimized and humiliated when confronted with Islamists within our own borders :/ Our entire construct is routinely mocked when our law enforcement officers cannot even do their work. Our laws are mocked if immigrants pursue their “holy laws” rather than ours and they actually get away with it…. and German officers and their entire government mock themselves when they “bury” or plan to bury banned “extreme” Qurans, out of fear of offending Muslim immigrants within German territory. The behaviour of Europeans resemble a charade of a comedy embarrassing to witness. The compulsion to look another way and pretend like nothing is overwhelming in the wake of such disappointments. Especially when law enforcement in Sweden and France “lose control” over French and Swedish territory. With all this special treatment towards “new-countrymen” we make ourselves look inferior within our own nations and as if though we have no identity or heritage worth protecting … Who looks foolish exactly? We are the humiliated ones.