Just when you thought there might be an end in sight

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  1. After the annoucement of a reduction in the number of troops in Iraq the announcement that they will send more troop to Stan


    If the government scared of having too many troops at home for some reason?
  2. Well it has always been rumoured that every labour government is scared of an army coup.
  3. we cannot have everyone at home at the same time, there is not enough bases left.
  4. chieftiff

    chieftiff War Hero Moderator

    I posted this on another thread because the discussion referred to the current high tempo of Harrier ops, It is probably more relevant here:

    Full speech: http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/DefencePolicyAndBusiness/1400ExtraUkTroopsToDeployToAfghanistan.htm

    Although this primarily effects the Army it is of note that Browne has committed another 4 GR9's from Joint Force Harrier and 846 Squadron to 4 Seaking IV's

    Edited to add the relevant passage:
    Mr Speaker, I turn now to the details of what this decision means in practice. The UK has decided to fill one of SACEUR’s most pressing requirements – a manoeuvre battalion for Regional Command (South), an area which covers Helmand, the base and responsibility of the existing UK taskforce, but also the strategically vital neighbouring province of Kandahar, plus the further provinces of Oruzgan, Zabol, Nimruz and Daykondi. We propose to deploy a battlegroup, comprising elements of an infantry battalion, the 1st Battalion the Royal Welsh (The Royal Welch Fusiliers), which will be augmented with a company of WARRIOR Infantry Fighting Vehicles from 1st Battalion Scots Guards. It will include additional artillery, including a regimental HQ and a battery of light guns from 19th Regiment Royal Artillery, a Brigade Surveillance Group drawn from 5th Regiment Royal Artillery, and a troop of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems from 39th Regiment Royal Artillery. We shall also deploy additional reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities, four more HARRIER GR9s to provide Close Air Support, four SEA KING helicopters from 846 Naval Air Squadron to increase our Support Helicopter capacity and another C-130 HERCULES. Some of the forces deployed will be Reservists, although I am not yet in a position to inform the House of how many – I will write to confirm this.
  5. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Aah, now I see it; our prisons are toppers and we need to send more of our Forces overseas...

    There: empty barracks + too many criminals = prison overcrowding crisis over! Well done, Tone; you're the greatest!

    :wink: :roll:
  6. FlagWagger

    FlagWagger Book Reviewer

    But given that there will be a proportion of part-timers being sent, are they going to house people who would otherwise be in open prisons with Reservists' families?
  7. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Hmm, an obvious dilemma I can foresee... like how can they tell the difference between Reservists' families and the criminals?! :shock: :wink:
  8. Why is it that its always the Army that Coups ..never the Navy or the Air force ?

    (I can guess the real answer, but any fun ones would be appreciated)
  9. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    The same reason when there is a fire strike/sheep to burn/etc. we're called 'soldiers' or 'troops'... :roll:

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