Hi folks,

With an end finally in sight thanks to several vaccines, we all just need to get through this current lockdown! Please don't forget that the Ex-Mil offices remain open and manned so we are here to answer any queries you have – please do feel free to call or email. 

Last week, we were honoured to be among a small crowd for our local Remembrance Day service. It was a lonely, solemn and quiet affair but maybe so much more poignant for it.
 
Elsewhere, there was drama at the Cenotaph as Extinction Rebellion protesters staged an entirely inappropriate protest and a piper got into a scuffle with police, causing outrage, then later when it was revealed that he had staged the whole thing, even more outrage. Why people cannot just let the ceremony take place, quietly and respectfully is beyond us – is a little respect too much to ask when there are plenty of other opportunities to stage your protests?
 
As we write, it has just been announced that defence spending is to increase by some £16 billion. We are interested to see how that plays out in the coming months, so watch this space.
 
A little lighter news finally, in the embarrassing loss of a top Army general after he was dropped in the wrong field… we bet that rang a few alarm bells before people realised the error!

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News round–up    

Thousands Of Armed Forces Personnel 'On Call' Over Christmas
 
Ageing submarine rescue vehicle damaged in training mishap as Defence mulls cancelling contract for new replacement
 
COVID: Military Personnel Asked To Extend Support Of Liverpool Testing Pilot
 
Killing for sport and celebrating 'executions': Psychologist behind explosive SAS 'war crimes' report reveals harrowing stories of innocent farmers and teenage boys allegedly killed by our troops
 
Hundreds flock to Falkland Islands beach after it is declared free of LANDMINES for the first time since 1982 war with Argentina
 
Queen's appointment of a Royal Marines officer as her equerry is hailed 'deeply significant' by elite force after the 'huge disappointment' of Prince Harry quitting his captain general role
 
Over 450,000 potential soldiers gave up on Army applications in 6 years over delays

Go-ahead given for East Yorkshire veterans' village
 
Call that a salute ma'am? Military chiefs criticise Olivia Colman's 'sloppy' salute while playing the Queen in fourth season of The Crown
 
Soldiers Charged After Catterick Nightclub Attack
 
Lone veteran marks two minutes’ silence at village cenotaph
 
'This is the nearest I will be to my dad’: Heart-breaking moment son, 80, is overcome with emotion at first sight of WWII Hampden bomber flown by his RAF hero father's squadron before he was killed returning from raid on Nazis
 
Outrage as Extinction Rebellion activists trample unchallenged over tributes to fallen soldiers on Cenotaph to hang their own wreath in shocking climate change protest – before it takes police TWO HOURS to remove it
 
The Unknown Warrior represents all that is best about our military
 
Community hero honoured by National Lottery for supporting elderly veterans in pandemic
 
Stolen belongings of codebreaker Alan Turing to return to UK
 
COVID Vaccine: Military And NHS 'Asked To Be Ready' For December Roll Out
 
Remembrance Sunday: 'No virus will stop us from honouring them'
 
Brit soldier's throat cut in horror Majorca nightclub attack as comrade 'faces trial'
 
Robots could soon make up a quarter of U.K. army, top general suggests
 
Army dogs trained to parachute and abseil are secret weapon against terrorists
 
MOD BUNGLES Iraqi ‘held illegally’ by British troops paid £1.2 million compensation by MoD
 
Watch a B-52 Bomber Impressively Slide to the Right in a Crosswind Takeoff
 
Redditch man to open UK's first walk-in centre for veterans suffering PTSD
 
Coronavirus: Military Start Supporting Liverpool Testing Pilot
 
British Army gunship sparks major safety investigation after firing cannon near homes
 
New partnership leads to work placement opportunities for veterans in Aldershot
 
Fury at Remembrance Sunday church ban: Ex-head of the Royal Navy Lord West says war heroes face catching pneumonia by being forced to stand outside amid growing backlash

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Joke: Presidents

After passing on, George Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump arrive at the Pearly Gates and are brought inside for an interview with God.
 
God asks Bush, "What do you believe in?"
 
Bush answers, "I believe in the free market, and the strong American nation!"
 
God is impressed by Bush and tells him, "Great, come sit on the chair on my right"
 
Next, God asks Obama, "What do you believe in?"
 
Obama answers, "I believe in the power of democracy, helping the poor, world peace, etc."
 
God is impressed by Obama and tells him, "Well done , come sit on the chair on my left.
 
Finally, God asks Trump, "What do you believe in?"
 
Trump answers, "I believe you're sitting on my chair."

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