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Inquest Into Suspected Suicides At Co Down Barracks Begins

An inquest, which is due to begin today, will examine whether there was a lack of support for two soldiers who died in suspected suicides at Ballykinler in County Down. Lance Corporal James Ross and Rifleman Darren Mitchell, who both served in Afghanistan, died within three months of each other in 2012 and 2013. Both were found hanged. Their families claim that they had nobody to turn to with their problems and did not provide a conducive environment for soldiers who might be struggling on their return from operations overseas.

Clean-Up Underway On Vandalised RAF Memorial

The Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park was splashed in white paint. The clean up of a Royal Air Force memorial in central London is underway after it was among a number vandalised with paint. The Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park was splashed in white paint between 7:45pm and 9pm on Sunday, according to police. The RAF Benevolent Fund said it was the fourth time in six years the monument has been attacked.

Armed Forces In Top 100 LGBT Employers

All of the Armed Forces have been named by charity Stonewall in the top 100 UK employers for their commitment to lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender staff. The Royal Marines and Royal Navy are in 15th place, the Army is joint 51st and the RAF is in 68th place on the list. That's an improvement from last year when the Royal Navy and Royal Marines were 32nd and the British Army at 84th. The RAF hasn't featured in the list since 2015.

Defence Secretary commissions new report to support service families

The new study will examine the support available to the different members of military families, including spouses and partners, and children. The report’s findings, which will be completed by summer 2019, will consider the diverse needs of service families and assess whether the current support on offer is meeting these needs. The study will also allow the MOD to further enhance the delivery of vital support for military families.

New Scottish Veterans Commissioner Aims To Tackle Isolation

Scotland's new Veterans Commissioner has called on more to be done to ensure those leaving the Armed Forces do not suffer from social isolation. Colonel Charlie Wallace visited the military charity Scottish War Blinded to see how they help their members who may be struggling with loneliness. Speaking to Forces News, Colonel Wallace said: "I think we need to better connect all of the services that are being provided across the country.

Unused Military Ration Packs To Be Donated To Charity

Each pack contains nutritionally balanced meals, providing 4,000 calories to sustain an active person over a 24-hour period. Thousands of unused military ration packs are to be donated to charities over the next few years. The Ministry of Defence will provide operational ration packs to FareShare, a charity who distributes food to nearly 10,000 UK charities, including community groups, homeless hostels and lunch groups for the elderly.

Tory MP seeks to derogate armed forces from international human rights law

This would seek to ensure that the UK sought derogation from international human rights law, when it deployed troops abroad, to avoid them being taken to the international court, later on. He says the bill aims that the armed forces are protected from legal pursuit and to ensure that the power of the military to carry out action is "undiminished". "Soldiers do not want to be above the law," he says, "they just want to be protected by the correct laws."

'Your Army Needs You': Army Unveils Latest Recruitment Campaign

The new campaign features posters targeting "Snow Flakes", "Selfie Addicts" and "Binge Gamers" (Pictures: British Army).The British Army has unveiled its latest recruitment campaign after struggling to get new recruits through the door last year. The campaign 'Your Army Needs You' is comprised of a series of posters and video and radio adverts and has been designed to show the Army looks beyond young stereotypes and "sees people differently" and recognises their "need for a bigger sense of purpose", according to British Army Major General Paul Nanson.

Military Heroes Recognised In 2019 New Year Honours List

The New Year Honours list has been announced with a number of military personnel being recognised for their service. One hundred and eighteen personnel from across the tri-services are included in the list of honours from Her Majesty the Queen. The Chief of the General Staff, General Mark Carleton-Smith has been given a knighthood, with Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone, Commander, Allied Maritime Command, also being knighted.