Hi folks,

With the rise of threats worldwide, this was an interesting week for the UK government to announce a planned reduction of the British Army to 72,500 troops, some 10,000 fewer than we have currently. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace set out plans for new capabilities such as electronic warfare and drones. Much as we appreciate that we are at the cutting edge of technological advances in warfare, we're not sure that this is a great time to be reducing the number of highly trained soldiers. As ever, time will tell. We'd love to know what you think – let us know on our Facebook page

Meanwhile, the British Army recently announced it is forming a new 1,000-strong Ranger Regiment, which will be at the heart of a Special Operations Brigade. They will take on roles usually carried out by Special Forces personnel, operating in high-threat environments. This looks like a fascinating opportunity.  

Finally, on a lighter note (unless you're an Italian chicken farmer), feathers flew this week when a tank accidentally took down the wrong sort of coup – and blew up a load of chickens in the process. We just want to know what the thought process was there, sadly the Italian Army have refused to comment! 

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Regards,

The Team

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Joke: Colonel

Having just moved into his new office, a pompous, new Colonel was sitting at his desk when an airman knocked on the door.

Conscious of his new position, the Colonel quickly picked up the phone, told the airman to enter, then said into the phone, "Yes, General, I'll be seeing him this afternoon and I'll pass along your message. In the meantime, thank you for your good wishes, sir."

Feeling as though he had sufficiently impressed the young enlisted man, he asked, "What do you want?"

"Nothing important, sir," the airman replied, "I'm just here to hook-up your telephone."

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