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SPRING 2019 | ISSUE 2

THE BRITISH ARMY IS IN FRONT.


To protect the nation, we step forward and meet
every challenge with intelligence and integrity.
We inspire ordinary people to exceptional
achievements through world-leading training.
We are forward-looking and technologically
advanced, ready for the challenges of
the future, both at home and overseas.

‘Guardian angel’
Corporal Tom Evans RLC

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INTRODUCTION
Major General Neil Sexton unveils CGS’s Engagement and Communication
themes for 2019
YOUR ARMY NEEDS YOU: CAUSE FOR OPTIMISM?
Find out from Lieutenant General Ty Urch how the new Army recruiting campaign
has done in its first weeks
IMPROVING THE LIVED EXPERIENCE
Unpacking three Personnel programmes aimed at improving service for our soldiers.
Flexible service. What are the changes?
Musculo-Skeletal Injury Reduction. A new approach to reducing injury
Mental Fitness. OPSMART - Optimising Human Performance Through Stress
Management and Resilience Training
THE ARMED FORCES COVENANT
Find out what’s happened in 2018
MODERNISING DEFENCE PROGRAMME
The key elements on a page
OPERATIONAL AND EXERCISE ROUND UP
The latest Ops and exercises, including 2 Med Bde’s is work with the NHS to enhance
national resilience
DOCTRINE UPDATE
Introducing three new doctrine handbooks
INTERNATIONAL BY DESIGN
How the Army enhances its international relationships through staff talks
EQUIPMENT ROUND UP
BCIP 5.6: The latest upgrade to Bowman
The Army will receive its first two ARES vehicles this month
AUTONOMOUS WARRIOR 2018
Catch up on the Army’s latest innovation event
DEFENCE TRANSFORMATION FUND
How MOD innovation money will transform the Army
ARMY SAFETY
Protecting the force that protects the nation
YOUR VIEWS MATTER
How the Continuous Attitude Survey results are being addressed
Headline results from the Civilian Workforce 2018 survey 
INVICTUS TRIALS
Serving personnel or veterans wanted for the Team UK trials in July for Invictus 20
NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM
How you can use the NAM

TO PROTECT THE NATION, WE STEP FORWARD AND MEET EVERY CHALLENGE


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INTRODUCTION
Welcome to the second edition of In Front, the Army’s termly digital newsletter
designed to provide you with insights into key work ongoing across the Army.
Along with increased use of Defence Connect, our refreshed @BritishArmy
website, official Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts and YouTube
videos, In Front seeks to keep the Army’s diverse audiences up to date and
fully informed.
MAJOR GENERAL NEIL SEXTON,
DIRECTOR ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATION

THE ARMY’S 2019 ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATION THEMES


The themes that will cohere all of our engagement and communications in 2019/20 have been approved
by CGS and, in priority order, are:
PEOPLE, PURPOSE, INTERNATIONAL and INNOVATION.
Each theme will focus on demonstrating opportunity for all and resilience (both personal and
institutional) as well as promoting the Army’s role in UK Prosperity wherever appropriate. Our message
is stronger when the Army speaks with one voice so use the themes below and the Army brand to deliver
consistent and powerful communications.

PEOPLE PURPOSE INTERNATIONAL INNOVATION


People are the Army, not just in the Army. We get Our Army protects the nation. It is an Army that The British Army is the ally of first choice. Our We are already creating tomorrow’s Army, today.
the best from our people by creating a culture in is ready to fight and win. Through all of our Army is a credible, warfighting partner, routinely Our Army is at the forefront of military thinking and
which clear communication, critical thinking and engagement and communications we will promote delivering security and stability throughout the innovation. Working with international and industry
innovation are encouraged. With an Army team that the utility and agility of the Army, demonstrating world. Working through international security partners, the Army aims to maintain a conceptual
comprises Regulars, Reserves, civil servants and that it is resilient, adaptable and ready to meet every institutions and alliances, the Army is leading on and material advantage over any potential
former soldiers, as well as their families, the nation challenge. We are the institution that British society multinational interoperability. We are also actively adversaries. We are harnessing our incredible
really benefits from the skills of our people and we turns to in times of need. supporting our nation’s prosperity through our people to cultivate new approaches to fighting and
need to tell their story. showcasing of defence capabilities and the delivery winning the nation’s battles in an era of constant
of British Army training to military personnel from a competition.
large number of the world’s armies.

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RECRUITING UPDATE
The #YourArmy recruiting campaign
has proved a resounding success, with
the highest number of applications ever
recorded for the month of January. In the
first 5 days after the launch of posters
and television adverts 2,700 candidates
applied to join the Army, making this the
most successful campaign to date.
DEFNET INTERNET DEFNET INTERNET DEFNET INTERNET
The messaging surrounding the campaign,
that the Army sees the skills and potential
in millennials, has clearly resonated with the 9700 APPLICATIONS 170,000
‘Binge Gamers’ and ‘Phone Zombies’; 9,700 IN THE FIRST 3 WEEKS OF JAN 19 UNIQUE HITS ON ARMY JOBS WEBSITE
IN FIRST 5 DAYS OF CAMPAIGN
applications were made in the first three weeks
2,700 APPLICATIONS
of January. We are demonstrating to potential
recruits, through the totality of the campaign,
IN FIRST 5 DAYS OF CAMPAIGN ‘FAST TRACK’
RECRUITING INTRODUCED
that we invest in our PEOPLE, that we are
an INNOVATIVE Army, that we operate on
5,000 APPLICATIONS
IN DECEMBER 18
an INTERNATIONAL basis and finally the
PURPOSE of the Army.

The positive technical developments


introduced within the National Recruiting
Centre and the assessment process are
maximising the increase in applications.
The inflow indicators are strong, the average
pipeline journey for candidates is reducing
significantly with the fastest entry recorded,
from start to finish, taking only 22 days. This
will only improve throughout 2019 with revised
medical procedures and the introduction of
‘fast track’ applications. Please keep playing DEFNET INTERNET
your part, the Army is open for business and
recruiting now.

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FLEXIBLE SERVICE
“ “
We are listening to your feedback; I’D BEEN DEPLOYED OVERSEAS WHICH BEFORE FS, I HAVE BEEN ON THE KEY POINTS:
Flexible Service (FS) is an important HADN’T BEEN EASY FOR MY WIFE FLEXIBLE DUTIES TRIAL WORKING • Apply for Part-Time Working (PTW) and/or
new modernised approach to how AND TWO YOUNG CHILDREN - WHEN I PART-TIME IN A STAFF HQ. IT’S BEEN Restricted Separation (RS) arrangements
Regular personnel can alter how they RETURNED, CONVERSATION TURNED TO REALLY POSITIVE, WITH MY CHAIN
• PTW - work 20/40% less (1 or 2 non-duty days
serve in the British Army. LEAVING THE ARMY. THE OPPORTUNITY OF COMMAND RECOGNISING ‘VALUE in a 5/day week), with a removal for additional
THAT THE FLEXIBLE DUTIES TRIAL ADDED’ ABOVE ‘JUST BEING IN THE duty liability at weekends (i.e. 1 weekend in 5).
Our Continuous Attitude Surveys have highlighted PROVIDED FOR SOME STABILITY WAS OFFICE’. THE BETTER WORK-LIFE Results in 20/40% reduction in pay, pension
that for many of our people, achieving a better
VERY ATTRACTIVE. IT HAS INCREASED BALANCE HAS ACTUALLY MEANT I’M


contributions and some other conditions of
work-life balance is increasingly important.
MY JOB SATISFACTION; IN FUTURE, I MORE ENTHUSIASTIC WHEN IN WORK service (e.g. leave)
FS is designed with this in mind and will offer THINK FS WILL BE AN ENABLER FOR


• RS - restrict separation from your Duty Station
greater choice to our soldiers. This new policy LONG MILITARY SERVICE FEMALE STAFF OFFICER to no more than 35 days/year
provides Regular personnel with an opportunity to
apply for temporary periods of part-time working, or • Results in a reduction in your X-Factor (for most
MALE RAMC AT REGIMENTAL DUTY Policies & Army Guide
temporary restrictions to separated service. people, a reduction from 14.5% to 11.5%)
FS adds to a number of existing flexible working JPA update • The whole process should start with a
policies, such as working from home, variable start/ New law conversation with the chain of command, and
finish times, Special Unpaid Leave, and replaces the Survey: Royal Assent then a formal application on JPA
current Flexible Duties Trial (FDT). 7.5k/MOD
• The Army Personnel Centre (APC) will board all
Army applications opened from 1 Feb 19, Policy applications, and make a decision based upon
with individuals able to be on arrangements development the requirement to balance individual wishes
from 1 Apr 19 onwards. SDSR and the operational needs of the Army
direction • Whilst individuals on FS arrangements will
have robust protections in both law and policy,
the MOD and the Army can return personnel
to regular, full-time service if required (e.g. a
1 Feb 19 – applications opened national emergency)
1 Apr 19 – FS live • Interested personnel must read JSP 750 (Ch.2)
and AGAI 44, and should consult ABN 002/19
and the Army’s FS Guide (available on the
As at 17 Jan 19 Defence Intranet and www.army.mod.uk)
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

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MUSCULO-SKELETAL INJURY REDUCTION


(MSKI) CAMPAIGN
MSKI is a complex and growing problem. It is the primary cause of medical
downgrade and discharge within Defence and has a substantial impact on the
capability of the British Army. Understanding the causation and mitigation of
NUTRITION
MSKI is therefore crucial for achieving, maintaining and retaining a healthy, ENVIRONMENT & EQUIPMENT & HYDRATION
engaged, effective and operational work force.
The relationships between occupation, previous injury and individual health e.g. sleep, nutrition, INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY CULTURE
stress, physical training is significant when considering our risk of injury. By considering health
and performance together, the British Army aims to reduce individual injury risk, whilst optimising
the health and wellbeing for all. PHYSICAL TRAINING SLEEP
The MSKI campaign provides the framework by which an individual and the Army might best
navigate the causation factors and build an environment to optimise employment and deployment.
Throughout 2019-2021 the campaign will promote healthy living and the development of an CHAIN OF COMMAND LIFESTYLE
inclusive lifestyle and culture within a professional and occupational setting.

MENTAL FITNESS

‘SOLDIER ATHLETE’ HOUSE -


optimising soldier health and
performance
The soldier athlete concept is
the foundation of the MSKI ‘SOLDIER ATHLETE’ - Health Performance Framework
campaign and provides the
The Health Performance Framework (HPF) outlines the evidence-based best
overview for injury prevention
practice by which all personnel might align themselves to optimise their personal
and health promotion.
health and reduce their risk of MSKI. Throughout 2019-2020 the MSKI campaign
The house focuses specifically
will promote the HPF and the holistic soldier athlete house, so that individual,
on those areas of MSKI
team and organisational benchmarks might inform and provide momentum for
causation within the military
health behaviour change.
and the subsequent health
and injury reduction In addition, wearable and nearable technology ie a fitbit, will be employed
strategies that should be to support this process and provide feedback on performance against these
employed by all to optimise benchmarks (trials anticipated to start in Autumn 2019); enabling the individual to
their performance throughout monitor their performance against the HPF and reduce their MSKI risk.
their military career.

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OPSMART
THE ARMY’S MENTAL FITNESS PROGRAMME
Mental health problems are widespread
throughout society, yet they are often hidden.
For the Army, the mental health and wellbeing
of our people is a priority. Mental ill health is
now the second most common cause of medical
downgrading and discharge.
The Army is continuously reviewing how we build the mental fitness
and support the wellbeing of our soldiers. We call our mental fitness
campaign ‘OPSMART’- Optimising Human Performance Through
Stress Management and Resilience Training. OPSMART draws
on research-based evidence to improve the resilience of both Regular
and Reserve soldiers.
It is split broadly between two key components:
• psychological skills training.
• mental fitness education.

Throughout 2019 and 2020


OPSMART will deliver a
through-life, stepwise education
programme for all of our
personnel.
DEFNET INTERNET
Mental Resilience Training
is the first step, encountered
in basic training. This is Through mental fitness education we will increase awareness of how Central to the success of OPSMART are key partnerships. We have
a mindfulness-based set to recognise when additional coping strategies are needed, and when collaborated with the Samaritans to design and publish a pocket
of psychological skills that to seek help. The programme will deliver the Army Mental Health guide on suicide prevention, and we are working with the Royal
provides thinking behaviour Awareness Training suite that will be rolled-out by Autumn 2019 and Foundation and others to create additional educational materials,
techniques that are proven will include: digital support tools and online resources that are bespoke to meet
to improve stress regulation, • 1.5 hour brief for commanders the needs of our people.
emotional control and self- • a 3 hour brief for unit personnel
confidence. • extended awareness delivered through 1 and 2 day courses

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THE ARMED FORCES COVENANT


The Armed Forces Covenant is enshrined in the 2011 Armed Forces Act.
The Government has a statutory requirement to report annually to Parliament PARTIES TO THE COVENANT
on its progress in delivering against the Covenant.
Serving Personnel, Families,
Veterans, Bereaved
Underlying the promise of the Covenant are two principles:
• The Armed Forces Community – serving • Special consideration is appropriate in some rces Commu
Voluntary and d Fo nit
me y
personnel, should not face disadvantage cases especially for those who have given the Charitable Ar Chain of
compared to other citizens in the provision most such as the injured or bereaved. Bodies Command
of public and commercial services

£23M
All 407 Local Authorities (LAs) in Great Britain The Covenant-funded Veterans’ Gateway which THE ARMED
have signed the Covenant, with bespoke stood up in April 2017, is providing a single point FORCES
arrangements in Northern Ireland. of contact and signposting for Veterans and their COVENANT

ent
families to the most appropriate source of support. £23million of Service Pupil

N at
The Covenant is embedded in the NHS Premium benefitting 76,000 Service

nm
ion
constitution - the Covenant now forms part of Much of what the Covenant has achieved so children in over 10,000 primary and

er
Civil Society Departments

ov
secondary schools in England. G
the Royal College of GP’s membership exam far stems from its voluntary nature. None of Private (MOD, Whitehall,
Organisations, Devolved), Local
and a growing number of GP practices are being this is meant to replace the Army Chain of

3,000
Individuals Service Providers
accredited as ‘Armed Forces’ Veteran Friendly’. Command’s and Army Welfare’s axiomatic
pastoral roles, but the Covenant is part of a The
Service families are being helped onto the property
national tapestry of commitment to our people Crown
ladder with the Forces Help to Buy scheme which
and a key component in creating resilience Over 3,000 organisations have now
has awarded £215 million to more than 16,000
within the Armed Forces community. signed the Armed Forces Covenant.
successful applicants.
Armed Forces Covenant website

25 2,600
25 hospitals have been accreditated Covenant Fund Trust awarded
as “Veteran Aware” by the Veterans 2,600 grants to World War I
THE ARMED Covenant Hospital Alliance. community projects.

FORCES
COVENANT
IN 60 SECONDS
3,514 £2.5m
3,514 referrals to the NHS Veterans’ £2,537,728 awarded from the Covenant
Mental Health Transition Fund Trust to 14 projects supporting
Intervention and Liaison Service Armed Forces families under the
DEFNET INTERNET for treating Veterans’ mental health. Families in Stress programme.

PEOPLE PURPOSE INTERNATIONAL£68m


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INNOVATION £68 million invested in improvement
works to Service Family
The Armed Forces (Flexible Working)
Act 2018 makes provision for members
of the Regular Forces to serve part-time
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MODERNISING DEFENCE PROGRAMME


The Modernising Defence Programme concluded with the SofS The 25 Tasks that Defence fulfills to help deliver the National Security Objectives
making a statement to the House of Commons and publishing
the report on 18 Dec 2018. NSO 1 - PROTECT NSO 2 - PROJECT NSO 3 - PROMOTE
OUR PEOPLE OUR GLOBAL INFLUENCE OUR PROSPERITY

MOBILISE Provide the Nuclear Deterrent


(continuous at sea deterrent & Nuclear Enterprise)
Contribute to understanding the global security
environment through forward presence and
Conduct and encourage innovative research and
development (R&D) to enable the UK to gain operational
intelligence gathering advantage and access to allies’ R&D
WE WILL MOBILISE, MAKING MORE OF
WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE TO ENSURE OUR Deter and defend against threats to the UK Maximise Defence contribution to the wider economy
Resource NATO staff posts and the highest priority NATO
ARMED FORCES ARE BEST PLACED (inc. landmass, airspace, territorial waters,
force contributions (including Command and Control)
including employment and skills
exclusive economic zone, space)
TO PROTECT OUR SECURITY.
Maximise Defence contribution to inward investment
Resource core staff posts within the Global Defence

MODERNISE Deter and defend against threats to UK bases


and territories overseas
Network, including Defence Attaches, Advisors,
Loan Service personnel, key Exchange posts Promote Defence and security exports, lead strategic
and British Defence Staffs
WE WILL MODERNISE, EMBRACING campaigns, and increase global opportunities for UK
Defence and security industry
NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND ASSURING Contribute to the resilience of the UK by supporting
Contribute to the wider Global Defence Network and
civil contingency operations and the protection of
OUR COMPETITIVE EDGE OVER OUR Defence’s critical national infrastructure and cyber space
non-NATO international posts, including other Shape and strengthen the competitiveness of UK
ADVERSARIES. Exchange posts, Liaison Officers, embeds Defence Industry and successfully collaborate overseas
and other cross-Government partners

TRANSFORM
Hold forces at readiness to support and Contribute to the fabric of the nation including the Union
conduct counter terrorism operations in the UK Provide force elements for NATO and other
reassurance measures and exercises
WE WILL TRANSFORM, RADICALLY
CHANGING THE WAY WE DO BUSINESS Conduct overseas Hostage Rescue missions
Conduct capacity building with partners, allies and
AND STAYING AHEAD OF multinational organisations in support of UK strategy
EMERGING THREATS. Contribute to the resilience of the UK by supporting
the protection of non-Defence critical national
infrastructure and cyber space

“WE

HAVE TAKEN STEPS TO Conduct overseas strike operations, unilaterally

FORWARD BASE THE ARMY,


or as part of a coalition/alliance
THE INTERNATIONAL
ENHANCING OUR GLOBAL POSTURE.
SECURITY CONTEXT HAS BECOME DARKER
Conduct major combat operations under
THE UK’S AGREEMENT TO RETAIN KEY NATO Article V

FACILITIES IN GERMANY, ANNOUNCED


IN SEPTEMBER, WILL SUPPORT Conduct operations to restore peace and stability,
unilaterally or as part of a coalition/alliance AND MORE DANGEROUS SINCE 2015.
CRITICAL NATO INFRASTRUCTURE,
AS WELL AS PROVIDING THE UK Conduct non-Article V combat operations unilaterally
ARMY WITH A VITAL FORWARD BASE or as framework nation or part of a coalition/alliance

AS THE WORLD CHANGES,



ON MAINLAND EUROPE. AND, THE
Support non-combatant evacuation operations,
FIRST OF THE ARMY’S NEW FAMILY
OF AJAX ARMOURED VEHICLES WILL
Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations
SO MUST OUR PLANS

ENTER SERVICE IN 2020 Direct the Defence Enterprise and generate,
sustain and enable the Force

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ARMY COMMITMENTS HIGHLIGHTS


NOV 18 - JAN 19
Persistently engaged overseas to
understand and shape, to deter and
protect, and to enhance prosperity.
DEFNET INTERNET
LIVEX 2018
2 Med Bde worked closely with York
Teaching Hospital on LIVEX 18 to
test their response to a mass casualty
incident. This collaboration contributes
EXERCISE URBAN STRIKE to our national resilience.

The Strike Experimentation Group


have wargamed scenarios to enhance
our understanding of future force “THIS WAS ASASCLOSE TO REAL
requirements. Strike Brigades will
promote cutting edge UK Defence
YOU CAN GET.

DR PHIL DICKINSON,
technology, such as the AJAX vehicle. YORK TEACHING HOSPITAL

BOSNIA AND KOSOVO COUNTER POACHING IN SOMALIA HIGH READINESS TASKS EX IRON WOLF
Regular and Reserve elements deployed GABON WEST AFRICA Training teams and individuals The British Army remains at the centre LITHUANIA - 4 YORKS
alongside our coalition partners in the Members of 2 RIFLES provided training to from across the British Army are of NATO, including a Light Mechanised Reservists from 4 YORKS have exercised
Balkans, assisting multi-national Gabon’s counter-poaching task force, focussing mentoring host nation forces, Infantry Battlegroup which is committed alongside the Lithuanian Army,
efforts to maintain peace and stability on low level tactical training and coaching, in countering threats at the point of to the Polish-led Very High Readiness strengthening NATO relationships
in the region. order to protect endangered species and project origin to protect the UK. Joint Taskforce (Land) between 2019 and reinforcing our commitment to
the UK’s influence in the region. and 2021. European security.

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ARMY FORECAST OF KEY EVENTS


OUT TO MAY 19
Persistently engaged overseas to
understand and shape, to deter and
protect, and to enhance prosperity.
UK CONTINGENCIES
This Army supports the Home Office
in delivering resilience across the
UK, holding thousands of soldiers
at readiness for a wide range of
contingencies. An additional 3000
soldiers are on standby to support the
UK during the Brexit period.
TRAINING FOR READINESS
AND OPERATIONS
The British Army’s training remains amongst
the most demanding in the world. For example,
The Queen’s Royal Hussar’s Battlegroup will
shortly deploy to Canada to practice Armoured
Manoeuvre, and elements of 16 Air Assault
Brigade will deploy on Exercise JOINT
WARRIOR around the UK to develop their
Air Manoeuvre skills.

EUROPE
Through NATO and bilateral
WORKING WITH ALLIES CAPACITY BUILDING IN AFRICA UN PEACEKEEPING arrangements we remain engaged in
Europe, including the 1000 members
NATO by default, International by design, Enduring British Army deployments across The Army remains committed to peace of the Army forward based in the
developing and sustaining our links to allies is key. Africa help partner nations develop their keeping missions with over 600 soldiers Baltic Region and elements of our
Headquarters 3 (UK) Division will deploy to Texas Armed Forces. deployed in Cyprus, Somalia and South high readiness forces who remain on
to take part in the US Army’s high level warfare A wide range of activity takes place, from Sudan. In Cyprus, the 1st Battalion Scots call to respond to any potential crisis
exercise. The exercise ensures that the UK’s logistic training in Sierra Leone to training Guards will hand over to 4th Regiment in the Balkans.
premier warfighting headquarters can operate as partners to counter extremist threats in Nigeria. Royal Artillery in April.
part of a US Army Corps.

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DOCTRINE UPDATE
The Army has published 3 new doctrine All publications are available on the British
“ WARFARE IS A COMPLEX BUSINESS
AND DETERMINED INTELLECTUAL EFFORT
handbooks. The new titles are the latest in Army’s electronic Battle Box, which also IS REQUIRED TO UNDERSTAND IT.
a string of doctrine publications which have includes access to a form to order hard
been produced in the last nine months. copies. The BAeBb is available through the WE SHOULD COMMIT AS MUCH TO
These have included an updated Staff Defence Gateway.
INTELLECTUAL PT AS WE DO TO PT


Officers’ Handbook and a complementary
Planning and Execution Handbook. OR IMPROVING OUR MARKSMANSHIP.
THE GROUND RECONNAISSANCE TACTICS HANDBOOK
MAJOR GENERAL RUPERT JONES
provides the detailed guidance on tactics, techniques and procedures
for all arms ground reconnaissance forces: Armoured and Light
Cavalry units, Close Recce Troops/Platoons and specialists/
supporting reconnaissance forces. 
It supersedes pre-existing recce doctrine on the subject.

THE STABILITY TACTICS HANDBOOK


captures into core doctrine many hard-fought for lessons learnt
by the British Army in recent operations, primarily in Iraq and
Afghanistan, and provides detailed guidance on tactics, techniques
and procedures for practitioners.

AFM WARFIGHTING TACTICS PART 5B


explains the doctrine for use by mechanised, light mechanised
and light infantry subunits.  Complementing the remainder of the
Warfighting Tactics series, it is structured around the Tactical
Activity building blocks.  Its sister title - Part 5A: Armoured and
Armoured Infantry Tactics is due for publication in February.  Both
parts replace out of date special to arm RAC and Infantry subunit
tactics doctrine.

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ARMY STAFF TALKS


Army Staff Talks (ASTs) are the primary method
for bringing coherence across the Army for all
International Activity with some of our closest
allies and partners.
They are held annually, alternating between
the UK and the Partner Nation.

Army International Branch (AIB) in the


Directorate of Engagement and Communications CANADA 2* LEVEL
are based in Main Building. AIB leads ASTs
with support from Army HQ and the Field Army.
This is done in support of Defence Objectives
REPUBLIC
and through liaison with MOD Defence
OF KOREA
TURKEY 2* LEVEL 1* LEVEL JAPAN 1* LEVEL
Engagement staffs.
USA 3* LEVEL PAKISTAN 2* LEVEL
The British Army delegation meets with its
Partner Army to discuss matters of mutual INDIA 2* LEVEL
interest. This happens through the exchange of ISRAEL OF5 LEVEL
briefs, review of activity in the previous year,
and the drafting and signing of a set of Agreed
to Actions (AtAs) that detail the activity to be
delivered in the coming year.
AtAs can range from attendance at Sandhurst to BRAZIL 1* LEVEL
participating in Multinational exercises.
British Army delegations consist of a Head of
Delegation (OF5 to 3*), an AIB desk officer,
the UK Defence Attaché, and representatives AUSTRALIA 2* LEVEL
from International Defence Training and
Multinational Training branch. For countries
where we have a greater range of activity,
representatives from across Army HQ
Directorates can be involved.
NEW ZEALAND 2* LEVEL

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STAFF TALK STATS
• 26 Countries

• Inaugural talks with Belgium,


Sweden, Israel and Poland in 2019

• Talks are held with:


FINLAND OF5 LEVEL
NORWAY OF5 LEVEL • 4 Strategic Partners
• 12 European Partners
• 10 Global Partners
SWEDEN OF5 LEVEL • The combined delegations range
ESTONIA OF5 LEVEL
REPUBLIC from 8 to 80
OF IRELAND LATVIA OF5 LEVEL
OF5 LEVEL • Usually held over 2 or 3 days
DENMARK OF5 LEVEL LITHUANIA OF5 LEVEL
• Our largest Talks are held with
THE NETHERLANDS the US, where DCGS is the Head
0F5 LEVEL POLAND OF5 LEVEL of Delegation

• Home talks are held at Main


BELGIUM OF5 LEVEL Building in London, although
talks have also been held in
GERMANY 1* LEVEL
Salisbury, Larkhill and Edinburgh
FRANCE 2* LEVEL
ITALY 1* LEVEL

SPAIN 2* LEVEL

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EQUIPMENT PLAN NEWS


The British soldier is the best piece of kit that the Army requires over the next 10 years
we’ve got but what they carry with them is (although some of these projects will be
part of the equation too. Whether they arrive delivered over a longer period).
by armoured vehicle, parachute, boat or on
Everything from the new AJAX armoured
foot, British soldiers need to be equipped to
vehicles, the combat boots we wear and
enable them to achieve their mission.
the new SA80 A3 rifle is funded through the
The Army’s Equipment Plan sets out how the Equipment Plan.
Army will deliver and support the equipment

UPGRADING THE ARMED FORCES TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS


The BOWMAN ComBAT Information and These include:
Platform Battlefield Information Systems
• A significant redesign of the Battlefield
Applications capability (known as BCIP) is
Management Application which will make
the British Armed Forces tactical (voice and
staff planning more intuitive and quicker
data) communications system. It is currently
undergoing a significant upgrade (to BCIP 5.6) • A new 3D Geographic Information System
to address various obsolescence issues and which will provide increased visual
deliver some capability enhancements. understanding of the battlespace
• Refurbished hardware; most notably
User Data Terminals and the P-BISA
Processing Units
• The introduction of Commercial Off The
Shelf technology in the form of Headquarters
and Man Carried User Data Terminals
• Enhanced situational awareness through
the ability to transmit a user’s location when
sending voice message
• Improved system and network management
Who is getting it?
functionality and resilience
Everyone who currently has BCIP will be This includes the delivery of conversion training;
• Updates to the specialist applications used
upgraded by mid 2020. Fielding has already with steady state training at BCIP 5.6 due to
by the Artillery and Engineers
commenced, starting with 20 Armd Inf Bde and commence from Sep 19.
3 Cdo Bde.
For more information on the Army’s communications systems, please follow the link:
https://www.army.mod.uk/equipment/communication-and-surveillance/ MORE EQUIPMENT
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ARMY GETS ITS FIRST ARES


The Army has received its first two ARES
vehicles this month. ARES is the armoured
personnel carrier version of AJAX and is
designed to carry Armoured Cavalry soldiers
for dismounted tasks in support of mounted
operations. The first ARES vehicles will go to
the Armour Centre in Bovington and the Defence
School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
in Lyneham where they will be used to prepare
operator and maintainer courses. The Household
Cavalry Regiment will begin their conversion to
ARES in Autumn this year.
ARES is part of the AJAX family of vehicles
with the other variants arriving later this year.
Each AJAX variant will be a highly-agile, tracked,
medium-weight armoured fighting vehicle,
providing us with state-of-the-art best-in-class
protection.
Each AJAX has extensive capabilities, including
acoustic detectors, a laser warning system, a
local situational awareness system, an electronic
countermeasure system, a route marking system,
an advanced electronic architecture and a high-
performance power pack.
AJAX will transform the way the Armoured
Infantry, Recconaissance Units and STRIKE
brigades operate. It provides a world-leading
platform capable of surveillance, target
acquisition, reconnaissance and armoured
action. Its introduction, and role in STRIKE,
will underpin the ability to war fight at the
divisional level.

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AUTONOMOUS WARRIOR (LAND)


Autonomous Warrior (Land) was the culmination of
the Army Warfighting Experiment 2018 programme.
It was a 4-week collaborative exercise between
the Army and industry to test cutting edge
experimentation in an operational scenario.
The exercise ran from 12 Nov to 12 Dec 18 with visitor days on
the 11 and 12 Dec. The experiment tested 71 systems from 40
different Industrial Companies. The Royal Marines, US Army, and
the British Army worked together to test the systems in demanding
tactical scenarios. The findings of the experiments will be briefed
at the Autonomous Warrior Exploitation Conference at the Science
Museum on 5 Mar 19.
See the highlights from Autonomous Warrior (Land) 2018.

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TRANSFORMATION FUND ANNOUNCEMENTS


On 11 February the Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson, set out his vision for defence in Global Britain at RUSI.
Within this speech two of the Army’s Transformation Fund projects were given support:
21st Century Infantry and Robotic Platoon Vehicles.

“ WE HAVE PROVEN ON EXERCISE AUTONOMOUS WARRIOR THAT


USING A MIX OF RECONNAISSANCE AND ARMED UNMANNED
GROUND VEHICLES CHALLENGES THE TRADITIONAL WAY OF
21ST CENTURY INFANTRY
Urban environments present a complex, dense, three-dimensional
battlespace. High rise buildings and underground tunnels require
FIGHTING. WE WILL SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE BOTH OUR specialist enabling capabilities, including urban assault packs, to
LETHALITY AND MASS; ALLOWING OUR SOLDIERS TO HAVE allow our troops unrestricted access. For the first time the British
DECISIVE ADVANTAGE OVER OUR OPPONENTS.

GENERAL SIR MARK CARLETON-SMITH, CGS


“ Army will be given a true 24-hour capability. Previous technology
has forced us to employ our troops differently by night, but new
sights will give us the same reach by night as we have by day.
This will provide vital equipment to the very high readiness and
operationally deployed infantry soldiers of the Army, Royal Marines
ROBOTIC PLATOON VEHICLES and RAF Regiment:
• Dual Thermal and Low Light Weapon Sights.
Ex AUTONOMOUS WARRIOR in 2018 identified
• All Weather Sniper Sight.
the benefit of robotic vehicles to dismounted
troops operating in complex terrain such as woods, • Helmet mounted Night Vision Goggles.
forests, towns and cities. Soldiers cannot carry • Novel Urban Access Equipment.
the supplies, sensors and weapons required, so • Less Lethal Capabilities.
the Army has identified small, rapidly deployable, The Army Warfighting Experiment has informed our requirements
easily employable robotic vehicles that can support for these systems and we understand the market place. This will
them in these challenging environments. enable us to run a rapid competition and contract with those
These state-of-the-art robots will provide troops companies we know can deliver at pace to deliver these capabilities
with more firepower and situational awareness, in 2020/21.
meaning they can operate for longer and with
better effect. They will initially be made available
to units already on operations or those who
are ready to move at short notice. 1 Armoured


Infantry Brigade, who are the Army’s lead unit for FUTURE CONFLICT WILL INVOLVE FIGHTING IN URBAN AREAS
experimentation, will also receive them to explore
WHICH IS BOTH PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY EXHAUSTING.
how else they can enhance mass and lethality.
WITH THESE NEW CAPABILITIES OUR INFANTRY WILL BE ABLE
The first systems will be delivered in 2019 with an
initial operating capability in 2020. TO OUT-MANOEUVRE THE ENEMY IN SUCH AREAS AND BE ABLE
TO ENGAGE THE ENEMY AT MUCH GREATER RANGE AT NIGHT.

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PROTECTING THE FORCE,


PROTECTING THE NATION
The last twelve months has seen huge change in the delivery of Army safety and
environmental protection. This change is intended to bring coherence to safety
delivery across the Army TLB - Regulars, Reserves and Cadet Forces.
What else can you expect in the coming months from the Army Safety Centre.

ARMY SAFETY CENTRE ARMY SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ARMY COMMAND STANDING ORDER 3216
(ASCEN) PROTECTION STRATEGY (ASEPS) THE ARMY’S SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL
The Army Safety Centre formed up on 30 Nov A new strategy for Army Safety & Environmental MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (SEMS)
18. Safety & Environmental Protection is now Protection intended to last for 5 to 10 years to A new ACSO 3216 will be published 1 Mar 19.
centred on four pillars: give context to all that the Army does. It will create a firm and sustainable foundation
• Policy and Governance. from which to take Safety & Environmental
Protection forward; seeing safety as an enabler
• Communication, Education and Training. to activity, rather than a hindrance - to do more,
• Analysis and Lessons.
THE ARMY SAFETY PROMISE:
more safely!
• Advice and Assurance. Army safety is all about protecting the force
In the future it will include a dedicated chapter
that protects the nation. We must embed a
to support commanders with their safety risk
safety culture that is led from the front and
Its purpose is to deliver enhanced capability to management processes and support decision
forward-looking, protects both our people
protect the Army’s people - soldiers and civilians making at all levels.
and the environment in which they operate,
- and environment in order to meet operational
in order that they can meet every challenge
outputs.
now and in the future.
This also saw the re-titling of CESO(A) to Chief
It is (and will be) delivered by commanders at
Safety (Army) providing a clearly identified
all levels and fulfils the Army’s commitment to
uniformed officer responsible and accountable
protect our people first.
for Army Safety & Environmental Protection -
progress indeed!

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CONTINUOUS ATTITUDE SURVEYS


The Continuous Attitude Surveys (CAS) provides our soldiers, actual lived experience. In turn the information gathered
partners and families with an opportunity to offer direct feedback on directly influences Army decision making.
Army life. The surveys give us an understanding of the key issues We welcome and strongly encourage your engagement in the surveys,
which are important to our people and provide a clearer picture of the it really does make a difference.

ARMED FORCES RESERVE FAMILIES


CONTINUOUS ATTITUDE SURVEY (AFCAS) CONTINUOUS ATTITUDE SURVEY (RESCAS) CONTINUOUS ATTITUDE SURVEY (FAMCAS)

Opened: September 2018 Opened: January 2019 Opened: Late January 2019
Closed 18th February 2019 Closes 18th March 2019 Closes 29th April 2019
Report Published: May 2019 Report Published: June 2019 Report Published: July 2019
FORMAT AS A CYCLE FORMAT AS A CYCLE FORMAT AS A CYCLE

The survey was sent out to a selection of The survey was sent out to a selection of The survey was sent out to a selection of
approximately 8,800 personnel approximately 11,800 personnel approximately 8,800 personnel

LAST YEAR’S RESPONSE RATE = 39% LAST YEAR’S RESPONSE RATE = 30% LAST YEAR’S RESPONSE RATE = 21% of Army spou
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To find out more please email: allows Service
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when moving
ArmyPers-Strat-APRC-Survey@mod.gov.uk better supported

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PEOPLE SURVEY
2018 RESULTS
The Civil Service People Survey is an annual The complexity and scale of change and the
engagement tool to measure Civil Servants’ financial environment that the MOD is facing Bullying and Harassment Bullying and Harassment
attitudes to, and experience of, working in is a challenging context for us all to be working 2017 2018
government departments. All Civil Servants, within. This is not in large organisations and we
11% 9%
military personnel who manage or are managed must maintain our ability to keep changing and
Yes
by Civil Servants, Locally Employed Civilians and continue to improve to meet the demands placed
Contractors were invited to participate and the upon us so we can maintain our edge. No / Prefer not to say
results for 2018’s People Survey were very positive
for Army TLB. As the highest scoring Front Line For further information on local results, please
89% 91%
Command, the Army TLB’s response rate of 67% contact your local Civilian Workforce advisor.
represents over 7,000 respondents - 1,300 more Comparative charts for Army TLB’s Bullying and Harassment scores in 2017 and 2018.
completions than last year.
90%
Importantly, the Army’s engagement score has 80%
Army TLB Response Rate 2012-2018 70%
increased by 3% to 62%. This is a clear indication 80% 60%

that many staff take pride in delivering the Army’s 50% 2017
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Since 2017 all of Army TLB’s Measurement of Engagement Scores have improved or remained constant.
A particular highlight is the Leadership and Managing Change score which has improved by 6% compared to 2017

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THE INVICTUS GAMES “WISTHEPARTICIPANTS


INVICTUS GAMES IS OPEN TO SERVING
FROM ALL BRANCHES OF
THE REGULAR OR RESERVE ARMED FORCES OF
PARTICIPATING NATIONS WHO HAVE BECOME
Following the fantastic success of the UK team at last year’s Invictus Games ILL OR INJURED DURING, OR AS A DIRECT


in Sydney, the process for joining the team for the next games has begun.
CONSEQUENCE OF THEIR SERVICE.
The 2020 Invictus Games will be held in the Hague, The Netherlands, from
9 to 16 May 20. The Invictus Games is fundamentally about recovery, using
the power of sport to support rehabilitation and generate a wider
understanding and respect for Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) Service
personnel and veterans.

The 2020 Invictus Games will see 500 competitors


from 19 nations take part in 9 adaptive sports
(archery, athletics, indoor rowing, powerlifting,
cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair
basketball, and wheelchair rugby).
To compete at the 2020 Invictus Games,
competitors must qualify via the Team UK trials The Invictus Games is open to serving WIS
which are taking place in Sheffield between 22 and participants from all branches of the Regular or
Jonathan Mitchell (Army Veteran and former Sergeant,
26 Jul 19. These trials will also double as the first Reserve Armed Forces of participating nations
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) winning
national military adaptive championships for a Bronze medal in the Invictus 2018 midweight who have become ill or injured during, or as a
WIS personnel. powerlifting event direct consequence of their service.
If you are a WIS serving personnel or veteran
who would like to join Team UK and attend the
trials, sign up via the following link by March 9th
2019: https://bit.ly/2Bk6HGJ or via the associated
DIN (2019DIN10-005).

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YOUR MUSEUM NEEDS YOU!


The National Army Museum in London tells the story of our Army
from the 1640s to today. Founded in 1960 by Royal Charter and established
for the purpose of collecting, preserving and exhibiting objects and records
relating to the Land Forces of the British Crown it is a museum that moves,
inspires, challenges, educates and entertains.
With more than 2,500 objects in five permanent learn more about the Army, and they love seeing
galleries, and a 5000 square metre temporary serving soldiers in the Museum.
exhibition space, we use the personal experiences NAM historians and curators can provide bespoke
of the soldiers who have served to show how the tours, or help plan and deliver force development
Army has shaped the world around us. We tell days, battlefield studies, and professional military
those stories through our displays, an active public education. Whatever you’re planning, if it’s a
programme of free lectures, specialist talks, and study course ahead of an assessment, or even
evening events. just a day off camp for your soldiers, NAM will
As historians, we know you can learn a huge assist and it is free! The British Army is an army
amount from the past. It shows us how we got to that has innovated, adapted, and thrived, in some
where we are, and provides clues and answers to of the most challenging circumstances possible.
how we might tackle problems in the present. Learning about that can inspire new ways of
We want to work closer with the Army; we can be thinking about the present.
a base for community engagement with a public Looking forward to seeing you in Chelsea soon.
that are interested in finding out more about what
it means to serve in the present, as well as the Contact details:
past. More than 200,00 people a year visit us to Tel: 020 7730 0717 Email: info@nam.ac.uk

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The British Army is in front.


To protect the nation, we step forward and meet every challenge
with intelligence and integrity.

We inspire ordinary people to exceptional achievements


through world-leading training.

We are forward-looking and technologically advanced,


ready for the challenges of the future,
both at home and overseas.

We would welcome your feedback @

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