Armed Forces

  • September 7, 2016

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has been accused of trying to glamourise life in the armed forces with plans for celebrating Reserves Day tomorrow.

  • June 21, 2016

    The armed forces have been accused of whitewashing their image with “family fun” events around the UK this Saturday.  The Peace Pledge Union warned that Armed Forces Day events routinely present war and weapons as clean and exciting.

  • November 6, 2015

    I recently blogged about how the Royal British Legion – who produce the red poppy – insist that Remembrance Day should honour only the British military dead.

  • September 23, 2015

    ForcesWatch has praised the Welsh Government over a decision to support in principle more research into how the armed forces operate in secondary schools in Wales.

  • January 5, 2015

    Four peaceful protesters have this morning been arrested inside the RAF Waddington base in Lincolnshire while protesting against the use of armed drones.

  • May 30, 2014

    Poverty and militarism feed over each other. Unemployment has always been good news for army recruiters in need of people desperate for a livelihood. So it's no surprise that the recruitment of unemployed people has been formalised in a scheme in the English Midlands. Could this be a sign of the way things are heading? The government is already forcing unemployed people to carry out unpaid labour through 'workfare' schemes. Will they soon be forcing them into army training?

  • January 16, 2014

    My radio alarm clock woke me this morning with the news that the USA’s former defence secretary, Robert Gates, has criticised the cuts that are being made to military spending in the UK.

  • September 30, 2013

    Forces Watch will hold an information-sharing and networking event, Militarisation in Everyday Life in the UK, in London on 19 October at Friends House, London.

  • January 12, 2012

    Is there no limit to the number of exploitative and violent institutions that Stonewall is prepared to endorse? Having already made awards to the likes of Goldman Sachs and the Royal Navy, Stonewall yesterday gave prizes to Ernst & Young, Barclay’s and MI5 for their supposedly gay-friendly employment practices.

  • November 12, 2011

    The red poppy has been compromised by political expediency and popular sentiment, suggests Jill Segger. Can we step past the current construct and rediscover the enduring meaning of remembrance and its potential to remodel our future?