Monday, March 22, 2010

I just don't get it

A coalition of countries are at war, where there are casualties on a daily basis.

A total of 276 British troops have died in the Afghan conflict since operations began in 2001.

The bodies of two soldiers killed in Afghanistan last week will be brought back to the UK on Tuesday.

L/Cpl Scott Hardy and Private James Grigg, both from the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, died last Tuesday north of Musa Qalah.
The cortege will pass through Wootton Bassett after arriving at RAF Lyneham.
10:49AM GMT 22 Mar 2010
 And the British government's response to all this?

March 22, 2010

Army to sack 500 soldiers because of troop 'cap'


British troops in Afghanistan

British troops in Afghanistan

Up to 500 soldiers will lose their jobs under a plan to reshape the Army to better meet the challenges of operations in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence announced today.

Unbelievably, 500 of the army's most learned and experienced NCOs are going to be getting the boot soon.

Can you explain why?



  1. Well said JR. I missed this story amidst all the recent UK Budget nonsense and non-policy-making by the parties positioning themselves for our upcoming General Election.

    It beggars belief that the government would target experienced NCOs when there are probably more suitable targets. That said, 500 troops seems like a symbolic gesture - in which case it is more likely to severely damage morale and actually save very little in ongoing costs.

    Such is the lunacy and lack of linked-up leadership that is the loony Labour government. (Oh and in the interests of balance --> the Tories don't have anything coherent to offer as an alternative !) Oh to be in England ......

    Keep on ranting ! :-)

  2. That's as dumb as the US DOD maintaining Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) where it kicks out gay and lesbian soldiers. WHY? afraid they'll see something in the shower and can't control themselves, apparently! Dumb, dumb, dumb...