Hi Folks,

It’s been raining a lot around here, again. And elsewhere in the country the Government may call in the Army to help deal with it. Of course, that won’t stop us bringing you our newsletter, with our latest vacancies, news and a joke. It just might be a bit soggy. Hope you enjoy it.

If you have any suggestions or ideas for items you’d like us to include, or any feedback on the newsletter — or our new website — good or otherwise, please email us at:…[email protected]–mil.co.uk.

Recent Vacancies

Project Manager (042jc) Saudi Arabia Excellent Package

Systems Design Engineer — IP networks (041jc) Saudi Arabia Excellent Package

Network Systems Design Authority (040jc) Saudi Arabia Excellent Package

3 x Network Site Lead Engineer (039jc) Saudi Arabia Excellent Package

ILS Analyst (038jc) Saudi Arabia Excellent Package

Senior Programme Manager — Network Delivery (037jc) Saudi Arabia Excellent Package

House Management Couple (036as) Somerset £negotiable

Arabic Interpreters x 48 (034jc) Cambridgeshire Competitive hourly rate

IT Project Manager (033jc) Saudi Arabia Excellent Ex Pat Single Package

Regional Radio / Paging Engineer (032ck) Nottingham £24000

Training Consultant/Analyst Swindon Competitive Salary

Logistics & Workshop Head – Dubai (20557) Dubai IRO £40,000

Senior Mechanical Engineer (031ne) Middlesex Negotiable

Graduate Embedded Software Engineer (030ne) Middlesex Negotiable

Security Bid Manager (029as) Surrey £negotiable

Country Manager — Libya (028jc) Tripoli Excellent Package

Security Sales Coordinator (027as) Surrey £negotiable

News Round–up

£760m boost for UK military helicopter jobs

The mammoth military task of leaving Afghanistan

Leaked: UK ‘wasted millions’ on botched online Army recruitment program

MoD defends buying back Ark Royal parts for HMS Illustrious

Armed Forces Eye 1,500 Job Losses in MoD Cuts Programme

Former soldier slams treatment of veterans after eight-year fight to receive medal

Swiss Turn Airshow Into Celebration

Armed forces recognised in annual list of gay-friendly employers

MOD trying to find relatives of First World War officer from Newport Pagnell

Sailor from Northampton gets military award for exemplary service

Do you have any news you think we should feature, or any areas you’d like us to cover? Email us at:…[email protected]

Events etc.

Here we like to include things for you to visit, attend, donate to or get involved in, should you choose to.

The Mighty Deerstalker Rat Run Challenge Event — 15 March 2014 — Raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

RUSI Missile Defence Conference — 18-19 March 2014 — Royal United Services Institute, London

Military Space 2014 — 31 March-1 April 2014 — London, United Kingdom

Do you have an event or appeal you’d like us to publicise? Email us at:…[email protected]

5 Live Interview

Jean-Claude was interviewed on Radio 5 Live last week, discussing the final tranche of armed forces redundancies. In case you missed it we have a recording of the interview on our blog.

The Two Worlds of Charlie F

We’ve been asked to give this a plug – it comes highly recommended, as you can see!

"I am Lance Corporal Charlie Fowler. I lost a limb serving my country in Afghanistan. You may have seen our story on the BBC 1 Documentary Theatre of War. We used theatre as part of our recovery process which resulted in the creation of this award-winning play. Having sold out in London — playing to critical and celebrity acclaim — due to popular demand, we are now taking our play on a major UK and International Tour. We are the ‘Regiment of the Wounded’."

Winner of the 2012 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, ‘The Two Worlds of Charlie F’ is performed by serving and veteran soldiers, and explores the effects of injury and its impact on others, before, during and after.

A darkly comic, authentic and uplifting tale of survival.

"Very, very funny, very, very touching. I think everyone should see it" — Joanna Lumley
"The most moving show I’ve seen for a long long time" — Ray Winston
"Theatre at it’s most direct, vital and moving. Inspirational stuff" — Michael Sheen

***** The Daily Telegraph "Powerfully Affecting"
**** The Independent "An Evening of rare, raw power"
**** The Times "Affecting, Illuminating and amusing"

A £10 ticket is available to all military and ex–military personnel and their families. Just ring the venue box office and say you are military or ex–military.

See the flyer on our blog for more details.

Have you seen this in London? Let us know what you thought of it on our blog.

Online MBA for Security Management

In the next few newsletters, Bob Dyson answers 5 frequently asked questions on the university MBA

This week:

3. How much does an MBA cost?

The Anglia Ruskin University MBA costs remarkably little, when compared to other higher education routes, as it is entirely online.

If exempt from the university foundation course, the price is £4760.

Some Service leavers are advised to take foundation modules for university compliance, particularly if it is felt that they would struggle academically. However, if you can write a comprehensive report (based on intelligence or your own research for example) you should be exempt.

When doing the foundation course additionally, the full MBA price is £5000 (includes a Services discount).

This may be half of the annual course cost at many UK universities, where class attendance also means an additional living cost.

Whilst it is undeniable that a classroom education is good for most 18 year olds, mature students usually appreciate the benefits of an online university course.

We work hard to make the quality of our online courses comparable with university attendance through (1) access to virtual classes, (2) tutor mentors and (3) equivalent research and library facilities.

Anglia Ruskin University holds an optional awards ceremony in Cambridge every year and has alumni support in over 140 countries.

Contact us without any implied obligation if you would like a cost comparison or more details on the value of your MBA package.

(Anglia Ruskin University qualify this online MBA. It is particularly suitable for Servicemen and women who have held rank).

E-Petition — "No paupers funeral for our ex-service personnel"

Susan Maclean has started an e-petition "No paupers funeral for our ex-service personnel" which you may want to sign.

Here is her introduction to it, taken from the HM Governments e-petition website:

A funeral was recently arranged for an ex Royal Marine and because he had no family then he was going to go out on what is known as a paupers funeral. When the Department of Work and Pensions were called to ask about a contribution for payment, our requests were dismissed. This is not right for a person who paid into the Department of Work and Pensions all of his life and served for over 10yrs as a Royal Marine. Therefore we are asking for your signatures to help for this law to be changed. One thing that could be done is for a red flag to be put onto medical records making it easy to spot and obtain payment from the Department of Work and Pensions for a dignified final journey. Thank you.

If 100,000 people sign the petition, the House of Commons may debate the issue.

Reminder — Please Check Your Contact Details

Please check to ensure we have up–to–date contact details for you — a working email address and your current phone number and address.

Also, if you haven’t updated or uploaded your CV in the last twelve months, please do so at the Ex–Mil website. We perform searches on the database and if your CV is not there, then we cannot match your details.

Finally, if you want us to remove your details from our database please give us as much information as possible — so we can cross reference your information and ensure we can find you.

Many Thanks.


Do you have any reunions you want to let everyone know about. Just send in your name and details of how interested parties can get in contact. Also let us know the details of the reunion — who it's for, place, time etc. and a website if there is one, and we’ll include it in our next newsletter. Email us at:…[email protected]

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Fatherly Advice

A little boy got on the bus, sat next to a man reading a book, and noticed he had his collar on backwards. The little boy asked why he wore his collar that way.

The man, who was a priest, said, “I am a Father.”

The little boy replied, “My Daddy doesn’t wear his collar like that.”

The priest looked up from his book and said, “I am the Father of many.”

The boy said, “My Dad has four boys, four girls and two grandchildren and he doesn’t wear his collar that way.”

The priest, getting impatient, said “I am the Father of hundreds,” and went back to reading his book.

The little boy sat quietly… but on leaving the bus, he leaned over and said,

“Well, maybe you should wear your trousers backwards instead of your collar.”

If you want to contribute to the jokes in this newsletter, just send them in — email us at:…[email protected]. For various reason we can't always include them in the newsletter, but we always appreciate them 🙂


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