Hi folks,

We're writing this to you on a beautiful warm sunny day… in February. It's far too nice a day to dwell on the neverending saga that is Brexit, so here are some of the other news making up the headlines at the minute. 

Health experts have claimed that the army shouldn't recruit under 18s to protect young people's mental health. This caused a lively and interesting debate over on our Facebook page where you defintely had some strong opinions! We really love these sorts of conversations, so please do get involved if you've got something to say about a recent news story (just keep it family-friendly!).

Staying with health, we wrote recently about rising obesity in the army. Those from other branches of the military who may be feeling smug should be aware of this story in which a peer of the realm suggested the navy will need bigger hatches to accomodate the expanding waistlines of sailors! For balance, we'd better point out that there are also some 4,274 obese personnel in the Air Force too. What on earth is going on? 

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Regards,

The Team

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News round–up    

RAF Marham navigator first in history to breach 6,000 hour mark in Tornado fighter jet

Gibraltar FIGHT BACK: Furious local demands army 'blow Spanish warships out of the water'

Soldier pleads guilty to manslaughter after accidentally shooting best friend during tour of Iraq

Armed forces with mental health problems 'failed by system'

Military veterans overcome injuries on the frontline to take on epic challenge

US Troops looted personal possessions and military artefacts from Afghan site of 19th Century British Massacre while on deployment in 2009

RAF hero sues MoD for £1m after they 'broke promise to pay him a full pension'

How DID this war hero police officer end up sleeping rough on the street?: Shocking story that shows why – one year on – the helpline we fought for is needed more than ever

'They could have saved themselves': Flyover in England honours memory of WWII aircrew credited with saving British kids

UK Military Posts Photos of Camouflaged Snipers, Confusing Many

GONE TOO SOON Army tragedy as young squaddie is found dead in a field yards from barracks

US military officer ‘plotted white supremacist mass murder’

What the Germans found at Dunkirk: Fascinating unseen photos taken by a Nazi soldier show hundreds of mangled armoured cars and tanks left by fleeing British Army in World War II

RAF Appoints UK's First Female Three-Star Officer

Introducing the SA80: The Worst Military Rifle Ever?

Defence Secretary extends housing offer to veterans

Royal Navy Respond To 'Foolish' Spanish Warship In Gibraltar

New veterans ID cards rolled out to service leavers

Sandhurst cadets who allegedly 'waterboarded' Army recruit charged

The soldier with a secret talent – ballet

SAS soldiers on aid mission injured in roadside bombing

‘Race Card’ British Army’s diversity Poster Girl ‘racially abused’ by six white squaddies in vicious Facebook posts accusing her using colour to win promotion

'He's in more danger now than fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan': Father of British Army hero jailed in Dubai on 'trumped up drugs charges' blasts government for not helping his son

New medal awarded to recognise the changing character of warfare

Viewpoint: How far might India go to 'punish' Pakistan?

You Can Buy This Rare British Army Mine Resistant Armored Truck For The Zombie Apocalypse

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.

Upcoming events can be found on these sites for the Royal Air ForceRoyal Navy and Army – something for everyone!

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

Reunions

The Staffordshire Regimental branch Wolverhampton meets at 7pm on the first Wednesday of every month. We welcome old and new members of any regiment. Come along enjoy the banter in The Conservative Club, Neachells Lane WV11 3PR. 

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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Joke: Magic Lamp

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out.

The Genie says, "I'll give each of you just one wish" "Me first! Me first!" says the administration clerk. "I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world."

Poof! She's gone.

"Me next! Me next!" says the sales rep. "I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life."

Poof! He's gone.

"OK, you're up," the Genie says to the manager.

The manager says, "I want those two back in the office after lunch."

Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say.

If you've got a joke you'd like to suggest for this newsletter, just send them in — email us at: [email protected]

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