Hi folks,

Military news continues to be under the shadow of sabre rattling by Russia and others but it continues to be unclear what this may mean for our forces.

Meanwhile, here at home, a few changes have been suggested that raised a smile in the office. The first are the new fitness tests that are designed to be inclusive – nobody can fail. Now, we’re no experts but surely it’s not a test if it isn’t actually testing?!  Definitely a story to watch.

The army is currently also considering whether to allow soldiers to have full beards in a bid to attract more recruits. Beards are currently not permitted as they prevent breathing aparatus fitting properly over the face but they're also increasibly popular with young men. Whether this proposed change is the Prince Harry effect or an attempt to recruit hipsters is unclear as we write. Take these two stories together and we can look forward to the fun spectacle of fully bearded, unfit soldiers. What could possibly go wrong?

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News round–up    

How British military is at war with illegal trade worth £17bn

Defence Secretary announces new Defence Arctic Strategy

UK To Maintain Military Presence In Germany Beyond 2020

May orders end of army witch-hunt

Huge underground drug factory found in QUARRY and ex-military bunker

The Secret desert Tommies: Unseen images reveal for the first time how British Troops joined Lawrence of Arabia as he famously led the Arab Revolt in WW1

WWII code breaker buried in Nebraska with UK military honors

Your Military Needs YOU! Public is asked to vote for best online picture in the 2018 Army Photographic Competition

China tells UK to BACK OFF South China Sea: Fury as Navy warship creeps past disputed area

First Sikh turban-wearing guardsman fails drugs test

Could Germany's President Be Invited To WW1 Armistice Events

SAS veteran Chris Ryan says NI must stop looking back

An army cut to ribbons, a Navy struggling to stay afloat and a tank unit so weak it’s named ‘Operation Tethered Goat’. As Putin flexes his might, a new book claims the British Military is at a breaking point

Britain to create 2,000-strong cyber force to tackle Russia threat

Press-ups and sit-ups dropped from new gender neutral Army Training

Defence Secretary announces extension of support to Ukraine’s Armed Forces

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Joke: A heavenly wedding

On their way to get married, a young Catholic couple were involved in a fatal car accident. The couple found themselves sitting outside the Pearly Gates waiting for St. Peter to process them into Heaven.

While waiting they began to wonder; Could they possibly get married in Heaven?

When St. Peter arrived they asked him if they could get married in Heaven.

St. Peter said, "I don't know. This is the first time anyone has asked. Let me go find out," and he left.

The couple sat and waited for an answer…. for a couple of months.

While they waited, they discussed the pros and cons. If they were allowed to get married in Heaven, should they get married, what with the eternal aspect of it all? What if it doesn't work? Are we stuck in Heaven together forever?

Another month passed. St. Peter finally returned, looking somewhat bedraggled.

"Yes," he informed the couple, "You can get married in Heaven."

"Great!" said the couple. "But we were just wondering; what if things don't work out? Could we also get a divorce in Heaven?"

St. Peter, red-faced with anger, slammed his clipboard on the ground.

"What's wrong?" asked the frightened couple.

"OH, COME ON!!!" St. Peter shouted. "It took me 3 months to find a priest up here! Do you have ANY idea how long it'll take to find a lawyer?"

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