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There are comments on Arrse and Rum Ration which are pertinant: http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=99204.html and http://www.navy-net.co.uk/cpgn2/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=14696#244955

It's not really a crowd-pleasing set of policies but these are all sensible changes that will appeal to supporters of a strong military.

Good job Liam.

Well don Fox! The point about having strategic defence revue regularly is essential. If the circumtances change then surely we as a nation must adapt to them? It is this governments falure to launch operations on the basis of what we knew in 1998 that has caused our armed forces so many problems in Iraq and Afghanistan.
No government can plan for every eventuality but this one has not planned for anything.

Rather sad that so few people have chosen to comment on this thread. Do people really think this subject is less important than PMQ's or what's happening at City Hall?

Malcolm I hope it's because we're all broadly in agreement with these suggestions.
A 4 year SDR interval might lead to our second guessing ourselves and encourage 'cop out' thinking.
As weapon systems seem to take between 20 & 40 years to come to fruition, frequent SDRs might just add costs beyond their benefit.
Certainly more discussion of operational objectives and requirements amongst the body politic and the nation is desirable.
This would require a baseline of respect and indeed love for our armed forces which in some quarters seems to have been eroded.

What has been fogotten is the fact that those who have given their services prior to 1975 are neglected when they are refused a pro-rata pension like those after 1975.
Every M.P. has had a copy of our report outlining our case and sadly only a few have replied. Why is it that those who fought much longer and difficult battles are neglecte?.Why call us heroes if you have no respect for the veterans?. SEE www.caff.org.uk

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