The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Vs Suicide

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Vs Suicide

After learning of the tragic loss of 7 Fusiliers to suicide over the last 12 months, the Colonel and the RHQ are taking a stronger stance against this devastating enemy.

In addition to the already powerful Fusilier family network, further training is becoming available to any family member, partner or friend of the military to take part. 

In conjunction with SAFEtalk and Rev Andrew Rawding, former 2nd Fusilier, alertness training will be given to help spot the early signs of mental health suffering with the view of preventing further losses. 

RHQ is planning the following;

  • A number of 3 hour training sessions for the Regiment, across the four Areas and the Battalions
  • Probably taking place midweek in Newcastle, Bury, Sheldon, RHQ and Tidworth, and probably in the evening
  • Group size can be between 10 and 30.
  • RHQ will fund all training costs, including the formal accreditation.
  • Attendees can come from all parts of the Fusilier Family, including wives, partners and friends of the Regiment who want to offer their support.

Details of how to express your interest will soon be passed out to the Association Branches.

What is safeTALK ?

safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.

Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they often invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as professional caregivers.

Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world. Over the course of their training, safeTALK participants will learn to:

  • Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present
  • Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
  • Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
  • Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
  • Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help

Do you need help now?

List of Emergency Services

If your, or a family member’s, life is in danger, don’t hesitate, dial 999, ask for Police or Ambulance and, if you have time, explain there is a Veteran involved.

Combat Stress’ emergency, 24 hour, contact details are:

Call 0800 138 1619

Text 07537 404 719

Email helpline@combatstress.org.uk

Finally, don’t forget the Samaritans who also have a 24/7 response service, as follows:

Tel: 116 123 (UK & ROI).  All calls are free

Email: jo@samaritans.org

April 26, 2021 — James Fraser
OP COURAGE - better support for military veterans.

OP COURAGE - better support for military veterans.

 

The office for veterans’ affairs and the NHS have this month launched OP COURAGE aimed at making support for ex-service personnel more accessible. Aimed at those most at risk, Doctors, nurses and other NHS staff will work with military charities to provide therapy, rehab services and, in extreme cases, inpatient care to hundreds of former soldiers, sailors and RAF personnel each year.

Speaking in the house of commons MP Johnny Mercer spoke of a history of underinvestment and a promising plan going forward.

 

 

OpCourage is part of a nine-point plan unveiled by the NHS to help ex-service Men and Women have a successful integration into civilian life. Other commitments laid out in the plan include ensuring access to quality secondary care, reducing healthcare inequalities, and increased support for veterans’ families, children and carers.

Speaking at the annual Kings’ Veterans’ mental health conference at King’s College London, NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said:

 “We owe a special debt of gratitude to those who risk all for their country and the NHS is determined to do its part in honouring that.

Anyone can be affected by mental ill health but armed forces veterans may have seen and experienced things that few others – thankfully – will.

That can create a special set of challenges which working with military charities helps to overcome and that it what is at the heart of Op Courage – ensuring that the NHS is a National Hero Service.” 

Accessing the service. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health or wellbeing, expert help is available from Op COURAGE.

It does not matter if you’re due to leave the Armed Forces, just left the Armed Forces or left many years ago. Op COURAGE are here to help and understand the courage it takes to speak to someone.

When you contact Op COURAGE, you’ll speak to people who:

  • Understand the Armed Forces and military life
  • Are either from the Armed Forces community or highly experienced in working with serving personnel, reservists, veterans, and their families
  • Will work with you to make sure you get the right type of specialist care, support, and treatment. 

How to contact Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

  • In the North of England, call 0303 123 1145 or email vwals@nhs.net
  • In the Midlands or East of England, call 0300 323 0137 or email mevs.mhm@nhs.net
  • In London or the South East of England, call 020 3317 6818 or email cim-tr.veteranstilservice-lse@nhs.net
  • In the South West of England, call 0300 365 2000 or email gateway@berkshire.nhs.uk

 Urgent support

  • If you experience a mental health crisis (when you no longer feel able to cope or are not in control of your situation) you can contact Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service or you can get help by:
  • Calling 111
  • Booking an emergency GP appointment, visiting A&E or calling 999
  • If you're still serving, you can also call the Military Mental Health Helpline on 0800 323 4444. 
March 22, 2021 — James Fraser
The integrated review - What you need to know.

The integrated review - What you need to know.

What is the integrated review?

Published on the 16th March 2021, The Integrated Review is a comprehensive articulation of the UK’s national security and international policy. It outlines three fundamental national interests that bind together the citizens of the UK – sovereignty, security and prosperity – alongside our values of democracy and a commitment to universal human rights, the rule of law, freedom of speech and faith, and equality.

The armed forces

In his foreword, the Prime minister announces that HMS Queen Elizabeth will lead a British and allied task group on the UK’s most ambitious deployment for 2 decades, visiting the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Indo-Pacific. This hopes to strengthen relationships with allied nations and show strength in the geo-political landscape.

Answering questions on reductions of the armed forces by 10,000 Mr Johnson said “There’ll be no redundancies across the Armed forces. The Army, including reserves will be over 100,000.” He has, however, stated that “it is the duty of this government to make tough decisions that are necessary to modernise our armed forces.” Plans to reduce the amount of troops to 70,000 will happen as service people leave the military, not through redundancies.

Investment and the nuclear programme.

A further £16.5bn will be made available for defence over the next 4 years, with a keen focus on R&D. Cyber threats and space have both been referenced as future battlefields that require development.

“But increasing commercial and military use of space will make it an important sphere of competition; there will be considerable risks to strategic stability if this is not managed and regulated effectively.”

This comes alongside a commitment to increase the UK’s nuclear programme, increasing warheads available to 260, contrary to plans to reduce the stockpile to 180. The change of direction comes as the review states "a minimum, credible, independent nuclear deterrent" remains “essential in order to guarantee our security". The review concludes that given the “developing range of technological and doctrinal threats now is not the time to lower the overall stockpile of nuclear warheads.”

 

We will create armed forces that are both prepared for warfighting and more persistently engaged worldwide through forward deployment, training, capacity-building and education. They will have full-spectrum capabilities – embracing the newer domains of cyberspace and space and developing high-tech capabilities in other domains, such as the Future Combat Air System.”

The report also predicts there is a “realistic possibility” that a terrorist group will launch a successful chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attack by 2030.

Investment of at least £6.6 Billion of defence funding in advanced and next generation research & development has been announced to “deliver an enduring military edge in areas including space, directed energy weapons, and advanced high-speed missiles.”

Threats and alliance.

China


The review recognises Chinas’ increasing power with improvements in Geo-economic position, technological advances as well as their assertiveness internationally. It would appear China is a key player in the decision to tilt focus to the Indo-Pacific.

“This is a context defined by: geopolitical and geoeconomic shifts, such as China’s increasing international assertiveness and the growing importance of the Indo-Pacific; systemic competition, including between states, and between democratic and authoritarian values and systems of government; rapid technological change; and transnational challenges, such as climate change, biosecurity risks, terrorism and SOC.”

Russia

Russia still remains the most active military threat within Europe and the UK will look to work with the US and European allies to share the burden of collective security. The UK is the leading European ally in NATO working to deter nuclear, conventional and hybrid threats from Russia, the UK will continue to exceed the NATO guideline of 2% of GDP indicating a clear recognition of the threat.

 “Strengthening security and defence at home and overseas: we will work with allies and partners to address challenges to our security in the physical world and online. NATO will remain the foundation of collective security in our home region of the Euro-Atlantic, where Russia remains the most acute threat to our security. We will also place greater emphasis on building our capacity and that of like-minded nations around the world in responding to a growing range of transnational state threats, radicalisation and terrorism, SOC and weapons proliferation.”

The need for allies is clear, recognising that the threats of tomorrow cannot be beaten alone. The UK is looking to lead by example on the global stage as well as pursuing a deeper engagement in the Indo-Pacific region. Russia, Iran and North Korea have been referenced in the review as likely to try to “destabilise” the globe.

“This approach recognises the importance of powers in the region such as China, India and Japan and also extends to others including South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines.”

The review is comprehensive, but the overall feeling of this review is of redeeming the British place in world power, it recognises that the world is changing, and we must lead the way, not just keep up. It is positive to see an emphasis on allied nations whilst keeping our domestic military numbers high. Further reports have indicated significant investment in technology and the Naval fleet. With personnel being the militaries key asset, we look forward to seeing a developing and well-funded military.  

March 10, 2021 — James Fraser

Which world military would win in a war?

 

The Ultimate Military Index 

 

Which military in the world would be the most successful? We reveal which world military would win in an all out war! 

Some countries have bigger militaries than others. Some have better land capacity, whilst some do better in the air, or at sea. Some pay their soldiers poorly, whilst some have almost unlimited amounts of money and resources. But which of the world’s biggest armies is the best? 


Taking a list of some of the world’s biggest military machines, we’ve pulled the numbers to find out! We’ve scored each military up to 10 points on a variety of mighty military factors - including budgets, number of inactive and active military personnel, total air, sea, land and nuke power, average salaries, weight of equipment - out of a top total score of 100.

Our Ultimate Military Index reveals the strengths and weaknesses of the world’s biggest forces, answering once and for all - which military would win in a fight?

The World’s Greatest Military Machine 


Coming in the first place as the world’s best military machine, it’s China with 82/100.

This overall ranking takes into account everything in our criteria - so that’s military budget, number of active and inactive personnel, total air, land, sea and nuclear capacity, heaviness of equipment, average salary at private and lieutenant level. Each criteria point was given a weighted score for a maximum of 10 points.

The Top 10: 


Rank

Country/Military 

Score /100

1

China

82

2

United States

74

3

Russian Federation

69

4

India

61

5

France

58

6

Saudi Arabia

56

7

South Korea

55

8

Japan

45

9

United Kingdom

43

10

Germany

39


The USA, despite their enormous military budgets, comes in 2nd place with 74 points, followed by Russia with 69, India at 61 and then France with 58. The UK just about makes the Top 10, coming in 9th place with a score of 43.

Based on these scores, which account for budgets, men, and things like air and navy capacity, it does suggest that China would come out as top dog in a hypothetical super conflict.

Here’s how the scores broke down for each category - each scored out of a total of 10:

Country

Budget

Personnel

Active

Air

Land

Naval

Nuke

PVT $

LT $

Equipment

Total

China

9

8

10

8

9

10

7

7

7

7

82

United States

10

7

9

10

10

8

8

3

6

3

74

Russian Federation

6

8

8

9

10

9

10

2

4

3

69

India

8

9

9

7

6

8

1

2

1

10

61

France

4

5

5

5

4

5

5

8

9

8

58

Saudi Arabia

6

6

6

4

7

1

0

8

10

7

56

South Korea

2

10

7

6

8

7

0

4

5

6

55

Japan

4

4

4

6

5

7

0

5

6

4

45

United Kingdom

4

2

3

3

3

5

3

9

8

4

44

Germany

4

3

3

3

3

3

0

10

4

6

39

Canada

1

2

2

1

1

2

0

8

8

2

27

Australia

2

1

2

2

2

4

0

7

0

3

23


Full breakdowns of the scoring methodology can be found at the bottom of the page. 

The Biggest Budget 

No surprises here, the world’s biggest military spender with a whopping budget of $732 billion per year is the USA. China comes 2nd, with $261 billion followed by India at $71 billion. 

The UK is of course much smaller, with $48.7 billion, putting us just below France and Japan but above the US and South Korea. But with the UK Government looking to add $21.9 billion to their budget in 2021, rankings could definitely change in the future. Of course, having the most money doesn’t necessarily translate into being the most successful military - but it certainly helps!

Country

Military Budget ($ Billion)

Score /10

United States

732

10

China

261

9

India

71.1

8

Russian Federation

65.1

6

Saudi Arabia

61.9

6

France

50.1

4

Japan

47.6

4

United Kingdom

48.7

4

Germany

47.3

4

South Korea

43.9

2


Who would win by air? 

How do the big players stack up in the sky? In a purely air-led battle, and based on numbers alone, the US has the clear aerial advantage here - with a total airpower of 14,141! Russia swoops into 2nd but it’s quite a big drop down to 4,682, followed by China with 3,587.

Country

Fighters

Attackers

Transport

Trainers

Special Mission

Tanker Fleet

Helicopters

Attack Helicopters

Total Airpower

USA

1,956

761

945

2765

749

625

5,436

904

14,141

Russian Federation

789

742

429

495

130

19

1,540

538

4,682

China

1,200

371

264

405

115

3

902

327

3,587

India

542

130

251

345

70

6

775

37

2,156

South Korea

402

74

41

296

30

4

734

112

1693

Japan

256

17

61

427

162

6

552

119

1600

France

269

0

118

169

46

23

432

69

1,126

Saudi Arabia

279

81

50

186

13

35

258

34

936

Germany

137

75

72

32

40

7

338

56

757

United Kingdom

119

15

45

244

30

9

239

38

739

Who would win by land? 

It makes sense that Russia, with a land mass covering most of the planet’s time zones, would have the biggest total land power. The Russian Federation totals 54,866 land units, putting the country just ahead of the United States with 50,326. China comes 3rd with 41,641.

Country

Tanks

Armoured Vehicles

Self Propelled Artillery

Towed Artillery

Rocket Projectors

Aircraft Carriers

Helicopter Carriers

Total Land Power

Russian Federation

13,000

27,000

6,540

4,465

3,860

1

0

54,866

United States

6,100

40,000

1,500

1,340

1,365

11

10

50,326

China

3,205

35,000

1,950

1,234

250

2

0

41,641

South Korea

2,600

14,100

3,040

3,854

574

0

1

24,169

Saudi Arabia

1,062

12,500

705

1,800

300

0

0

16,367

India

4,730

10

100

4,040

374

1

0

9,255

Japan

1,004

5,500

214

480

99

0

4

7,301

France

406

6,420

109

12

13

1

3

6964

United Kingdom

109

5,500

89

126

35

2

0

5861

Germany

344

5,260

117

0

28

0

0

5749

Who would win by sea? 

China has pushed to become a bigger naval power over the last few decades, and now has an impressively big fleet. China comes in 1st place with a total naval power of 406. Russia comes 2nd with 278, followed by the USA in joint 3rd with India with 202.

Country

Destroyers

Frigates

Corvettes

Submarines

Patrols

Mines

Total Naval Power

China

50

46

72

79

123

36

406

Russian Federation

15

11

85

64

55

48

278

United States 

92

0

21

68

13

8

202

India

10

13

23

17

139

0

202

South Korea

12

14

12

22

26

11

97

Japan

37

0

6

20

6

21

90

United Kingdom

6

13

0

11

25

13

68

Franca

11

11

0

10

15

17

64

Australia

3

8

0

6

13

6

36

Germany

0

10

5

6

0

12

33

What’s perhaps the most interesting here is how the big three players split between land, air and sea. The USA has the air, Russia the land and China the sea, making them evenly matched but on different playing fields. 

The Nuclear Option

In an all out last-ditch nuclear attack, and based on numbers alone, it’s the Russian Federation which comes out on top with 6375 available nuclear weapons. The USA lands in second with 5800, and then it’s quite a drop down until we hit China with just 320. France and the UK make up the rest of the top five.  


Country

Nuclear Arms

Russian Federation

6375

United States

5800

China

320

France

290

United Kingdom

215

India

150



The Best Paid Soldiers in the World


If the most successful army is the one who supports their troops the most, then Canada would come out on top. The country has high salaries across each level of service, from private to sergeant and lieutenant, and in our 10 point scoring system points, would hit 26/30 for overall salary satisfaction. France comes second, with strong starting salaries across each level. 


Country

Private

Sergeant

Lieutenant

Average

Total

Score Total /30

Canada

27,400

52,800

43,800

41,333

124000

26

France

28,520.76

27,834.96

53,079.36

36,478

109435.08

23

United Kingdom

10,217.26

50,583.21

29,068.97

29,956

89869.44

20

United States4

23,100

28,000

37,300

29,467

88400

19

Saudia Arabia

26,000

14,622.36

48,830

29,817

89451.88

18

Japan

33,600

NA

40,713.28

37,157

74313.28

17

Australia

21,861.24

43,971

NA

32,916

65832.24

15

Germany

8,995

35,612.39

21,146.52

21,918

65753.91

15

South Korea

36,000

5,853.36

18,528

20,127

60381.36

15

China

4,147.20

5,600

29,445

13,064

39192.68

10

India

1,458.92

NA

18,600

29,467

20058.92

6

Russian Federation

379.82

5,691

1,545

2538

7615.46

4



Which army is the fittest? 


Based on the heaviness of the standard equipment carried, it’s the Russian Federation with the world’s toughest soldiers, having to carry an enormous 70kgs of kit. The United Kingdom is no slouch though, coming in 2nd place with 64kg, followed by the United States in 3rd place with 45kg.

Country

Equipment Weight

Russian Federation

70kg

United Kingdom

64kg

United States

45kg

Australia

45kg

Saudi Arabia

44kg

South Korea

44kg

China

40kg

India

40kg

Japan

40kg

France

35kg

Germany

30kg

Canada

24.5kg


Which army is the most active? 


It’s one thing to have soldiers, but you need to be able to use them. Saudi Arabia has the largest percentage of active soldiers available for combat, with 95% of them ready to go at any time, any place. Germany comes 2nd, with 86% and Japan 3rd with 78%.



Country

Total Military Personnel

Active Personnel

% Active

Saudi Arabia

505,000

480,000

95%

Germany

215,000

185,000

86%

Japan

319,000

250,000

78%

United Kingdom

250,070

195,000

77%

Australia

80,000

60,000

75%

China

3,355,000

2,100,000

62.50%

United States

2,295,500

1,400,000

61%

France

450,000

270,000

60%

Canada

112,500

60,000

53%

Russian Federation

3,569,000

1,014,000

28%

India

5,127,000

1,400,000

27%

South Korea

6,710,000

600,000

8%



Methodology

We pulled the data together from a variety of different sources, including military reports, databases and news reports on force capabilities. We used a base list of the world’s biggest militaries. Where information could not be pulled from English sites due to lack of reporting, information was pulled on individual countries’ capabilities through their native Google / national search engine.

We had the following data sets available to us: budgets, number of inactive and active military personnel, total numbers for air, sea, land and nuke power, average salaries of sergeants, lieutenants and privates, and finally weight of equipment. These were each given a weighted score which assigned a value out of 10, with higher figures suggesting a stronger military force for our story. More resources work score highly for example, as would a larger percentage of active soldiers, or a high salary as it suggests the military would be more committed. These criteria sets add up for a total over score of 100. 

The sources, full data set and sources, can be found here.

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March 08, 2021 — Ben Slater
Kit Review 2021

Kit Review 2021

 

Camelbak Motherlode Lite – 37L Review

 Camelbak Motherlode

Introduction:

The Camelbak Motherlode daysack was used by a GPMG gunner in the light role environment, during a 7-day exercise in Estonia with temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius.

Reservoir Set Up: 

After an hour on the ground, the reservoir proved unfit for purpose due to the freezing temperatures. However, it was easy to remove from the main unit.

Easy Storage and Access: 

The smaller pockets were ideal for storing fiddly items such as HMNVS and ear defence. This separation from the main pouch made them more accessible and protected them from the larger items. Conversely, the 37L main compartment provided ample storage space for numerous, larger items including cold weather clothing sealed in waterproof bags, up to 600 rounds of 7.62mm link and 24hrs rations. A mesh storage area within the main compartment enabled the user to separate items further, giving easy access to a notebook and pen, spare gloves and smaller items of warm kit, such as a beanie hat.

Comfort and Feel:

The user complained that the pack pulled away from the body when fully loaded with ammunition and personal equipment. This was partly due to the VIRTUS body armour, around which the chest strap could not be connected. In general, however, the pack was comfortable and did not sway whilst patrolling in 2ft snow. It was easy to remove, enabling the gunner to adopt a rapid firing position when required. Similarly, the external handheld straps enabled the user to carry the pack without slinging it over his shoulder, which proved useful when bounding forward over short distances.

Overall:

The Motherload proved to be a functional daysack whilst operating as a GPMG gunner in a Light Role environment. Unfortunately, it was not possible to test the reservoir system, due to the freezing temperatures. The pack was comfortable and robust, whilst operating in extreme cold weather conditions.

 Crye Shooters Belt

CRYE COBRA D-RING MOLLE SHOOTERS BELT REVIEW

 

Introduction:

Crye Cobra D-Ring MOLLE Shooters Belt was used by a Sharpshooter in the light role environment during a 7-day exercise in Estonia with temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius.

Belt Set Up: 

Attached to the belt was two sharpshooter magazine poches, a small first aid pouch and two small utility pouches. The user deemed these were easy to fit and did not shift on the belt. 

Comfort and Feel:

The overall fitting of the belt was comfortable throughout. The Velcro adjustment made it simple to adjust to size and did not lessen through the exercise. However, due to the narrowness of the belt, the magazine pouch did tend to rub on the soldier’s thigh whilst patrolling over long distances through deep snow. The quick release buckle proved easy to operate when taking the belt on and off.

Operational effectiveness:

The low profile of the belt made it easy for the operator to move around the battlefield. The was especially noticeable when operating in the trenches, built up areas and forests. The lack of storage capability meant that the operator did have to store more of his items in a pack and could not operate from his belt kit alone for a substantial duration of time.

 

Overall: The Crye Cobra D-Ring MOLLE Shooters Belt was a comfortable and easy to use. It was durable and allowed the operator to fight effectively whilst maintaining a low profile. However, it did prove uncomfortable whilst tabbing for long durations.

 

March 01, 2021 — Shop Sale
Ammo & Company (Military Direct) receives Silver award for the Armed Forces Covenant

Ammo & Company (Military Direct) receives Silver award for the Armed Forces Covenant

Military Direct is Proud and honoured to receive the Defence Silver Employer Recognition Scheme Award 2020

UK military supplier AMMO & COMPANY and its continued dedication to the armed forces has been recognised with the prestigious Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award.

Part of The Armed Forces Covenant, the ERS scheme aims to reward employer organisations for their support and dedication towards defence, including putting initiatives in place to provide training and employment to veterans and ex-forces personnel as they begin the transition to civilian life.

AMMO & COMPANY has had a close history with the Armed Forces since its formation in 1850. In addition to around half of our current workforce is made up of Veterans, CFAVs and Military spouses. 

AMMO & COMPANY recognise the skills and attributes that service leavers bring to any organisation and are very keen to tap into these skills and help develop them. As they work closely with our workforce from commercial and business backgrounds, strong diversity ensures a great client offering.”

Tommy Dalman, Managing & Director of AMMO & COMPANY, said the company prides itself on its links with the UK Armed Forces and ex-service personnel are an integral part of our workforce, with a great balance between them and our workforce from business backgrounds as we build for the future

 Commenting on the announcement of the ERS 2020 awards, Johnny Mercer, Minister for Defence People and Veterans said:

“The breadth and diversity of the winners this year shows how business support for the Armed Forces continues to grow no matter the sector, company size or location.

“I am grateful for the positive attitude and flexible policies these organisations have adopted towards the defence community, which is testament to the fantastic contribution our serving personnel, veterans and their families can make to any organisation.

“I am delighted that so many companies are supporting our people and that, through this scheme, we can give them the public recognition they deserve.”

 

August 18, 2020 — Customer Service

Coronavirus - Covid-19 : Military Direct / Ammo & Company - Update

Coronavirus / Covid-19: Keeping you safe and well

The rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a source of uncertainty for all of us. We know you are concerned, and so are we.

At times like this, communication is critical. I am writing today to share what we’re doing in response to this public health crisis and to let you know how we’ll continue to provide you with the high level of support and service you’ve come to expect from us.

Primarily, the health and safety of our community—our employees, customers, and partners—is our top priority.  We have had conversations with many of our customers and suppliers in recent days about the developing situation with Covid-19, and we have been heartened and inspired by the positive and pragmatic outlooks that have been shared with us. While we embrace this optimistic outlook, we would also like to take the opportunity to assure you that we are taking every possible step to play our part in protecting and preparing you for every eventuality. 

We have been and will continue to monitor and implement formal advice from the government, Public Health England and the World Health Organisation.

At the core is a full action plan, which fundamentally creates segregation within the workforce:

  • All our staff members are fully aware of current advice and requirements and regularly briefed with updates.

  • A system of ‘teams’ has been introduced within departments, with separate facilities, in order to duplicate activities where possible.

  • Working hours have changed in the warehouse to prevent any overlap of shifts and to allow for the extra cleaning of crucial areas and equipment. Our overall operational hours have increased to meet additional demand and we have currently no delays to shipping or stocking.

  • In line with the latest advice from the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Officer, any member of our team who has a fever and/or has a new, persistent cough is to stay at home for at least fourteen days.

  • We have handwashing facilities on every floor of our HQ, wall-mounted clinical-grade hand washing instructions in our toilets, and wall-mounted and freestanding hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the building, including in the entrance. 

  • We have ample supplies of disposable gloves in our building, which are worn, and our staff are sanitising at regular intervals. 

  • An ‘off-site’ office facility has been set up, which has no physical link to Ammo HQ current office areas.

  • Staff business travel offsite has suspended, and likewise visitor access on-site, with all business meeting being conducted via phone or video link.

 

We can confirm that all in the business will be working hard to ensure that Ammo & Company and its subsidiaries continue to provide high service levels that are unaffected by these measures and that we will be maintaining the usual order deadlines, shipping schedules and other SLAs, subject to our carriers also doing so. 

We have temporarily asked those employees whose roles allow them to work remotely at least until Friday, 24 April 2020, at which point we will re-assess. It is quite possible that we will extend that time, and we are planning as if we will. However, we are keeping our re-evaluation cycles short given our learnings—the evolution and additional information we gain on this, even day-to-day, is significant.

 

We will be monitoring developments and official advice closely and implementing any, additional measures we feel are necessary and beneficial to protect your health and safety.

If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about any aspect of current events or our response, please do not hesitate to speak to any of the team. We ask in the first instance to email us to enquries@ammoandco.co.uk rather than call with your query, and our team will get back to you as quickly as they can.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support, loyalty, and the trust you place in us.

As at all times, we take our responsibilities to help protect your health and safety incredibly seriously, and we would like to assure you that, you continue to be in the safest possible place, and hands, at Ammo & Company. 

Assuring you of our best attention always,

 

Tommy Dalman

 

Managing Director 

March 18, 2020 — Customer Service
Camping tips for beginners

Camping tips for beginners

Camping can be a great vacation for all the family and has the added advantage of being ideal for those who are on a low budget. Once you have purchased all the equipment you need it will last for years if you take good care of it. Here are a few things that you will definitely need.

Tents

Tents are the first thing you should buy and the good news is that they come in a range of sizes so whether you are camping on your own or with a family of 10, you are sure to find an option to suit you. From the simple two-man tent to the larger tents that have separate sleeping and living areas, there is something for everyone. Included with them are all the things that you will need including ropes and tent pegs. Our most popular tents include the Snugpak Scorpion 2, Snugpak Ionosphere and Highlander Blackthorn tents.

Sleeping Gear

Sleeping bags are the most basic thing you will need for the camping lifestyle but many people prefer to add in a sleeping mat or an airbed just to make it a little more comfortable. A Snugpak sleeping bag is a great choice for style, warmth and a great night's sleep. A good quality sleeping bag is a great investment - just because you are getting back to nature doesn't mean you have to have sleepless nights! Sleeping bags are another thing that come in a range of sizes, but remember if you are buying for kids they are going to grow and you might have to buy new ones in a couple of years.

Cooking equipment

Stoves, pans and dishes are always needed when you are camping, particularly if you are catering for a group. A Jetboil Flash cooking stove is easy to use, is compact and efficient, so preparing hot meals while you are camping will not be a problem. Boil time is only 100 seconds so you can be warm with a lovely brew in less than 2 minutes! Another option is a BBQ but if you are camping off the beaten track remember that you will need somewhere to keep food such as meat cool and fresh. You should also consider how light you want to travel - if you are on your own you should be able to manage with a relatively small number of cooking utensils.

Research

Don't let your research stop at where to camp. Look into all the different options that you have with tents, sleeping bags and cooking stoves. Think carefully about what you should take with you. One of the mistakes that many first time campers make is to take too many things with them, for example, packing boxes of board games thinking that the family will sit around each evening to play them. Be realistic about the clothes you pack too.

Figure it all out in advance and you and your family are sure to have a great time on your camping trip.
September 26, 2019 — Customer Service
Tags: Blog Post
5 Top Hiking and Walking Tips for Beginners

5 Top Hiking and Walking Tips for Beginners

Hiking & Trekking Tips
If you are new to hiking, follow our 5 top tips to ensure that you get off to a good start. Some are common sense, but others may not occur to you until you find yourself in the middle of a hiking trail, wishing you had spent more time on your preparations.

1 - Assess Your Physical Condition - The first thing you should do is assess your physical condition so that you can pick a hiking trail that is well within your capabilities. Once you have completed a few trails, you can think about tackling more advanced routes, but it is better to start off with a trail that does not overtax you physically.

2 - Acquire the Necessary Equipment - If you are going to be hiking in the wilderness, you will need to go well equipped. A good pair of walking boots and some quality walking socks are essential, along with water bottles to take care of hydration. You should also take along some energy bars to keep up your strength when attempting longer hikes. If you would prefer not to carry loose water bottles, you can invest in equipment, such as Camelbak hydration packs, which are backpacks with an integral reservoir in which clean drinking water can be stored.

3 - Obtain a Trail Map and Study it Carefully - Before you set off on your first hike, obtain a map of the trail you are planning to follow and study it carefully. Look out for any points along the way where paths cross each other so that you can make sure you do not head off in the wrong direction and get lost. You may also like to mark the location of promising-looking spots where you can stop and have a bite to eat, such as by a river or lake.

4 - Get Your Equipment Ready - The day before you go on your first hike, gather all your equipment together to make sure that you have everything you need. If you bought yourself a Camelbak hydration pack, you can either fill it the night before or in the morning before you set off. The reservoirs are designed to ensure that the water inside them stays fresh so it is perfectly safe to fill them in advance. Place your walking boots and walking socks together with the rest of your gear so you do not forget to put them on before you leave.

5 - Check Online Weather Reports - Adverse weather conditions can cause serious problems, even for experienced hikers, so it is important to check the local weather reports before you set off on your first hike. If high winds or heavy rain are forecast, it may be best to postpone your trip until another day.

Wherever you decide to go for your first hike, we hope that you have a great time and enjoy many more trips in the future!
September 20, 2019 — Customer Service
BFPO Codes & Addresses

BFPO Codes & Addresses

Static BFPO Addresses

Max weight - 30Kg

BFPO 
No.
Post 
Code
Location Country
2 BF1 3AA Washington USA
4 BF1 3AD Kathmandu Nepal
6 BF1 2AA Lisbon Portugal
8 BF1 2AB Naples Italy
10 BF1 3AF Nairobi Kenya
11 BF1 3AG Seria Brunei
12 BF1 3AH Belize City Belize
14 BF1 3AJ Suffield Canada
16 BF1 0AB Sennelager Germany
18 BF1 2AE Maastricht Holland
19 BF1 0AE Monchengladbach Germany
22 BF1 0AF Paderborn Germany
26 BF1 2AG Casteau Belgium
28 BF1 2AH Brunssum Holland
39 BF1 0AP Bielefeld Germany
44 BF1 0AR Wulfen Germany
46 BF1 0AT Goch/Wessel  Germany
49 BF1 2AN Brussels Belgium
50 BF1 2AQ Stavanger Norway
52 BF1 2AR Gibraltar Gibraltar
53 BF1 2AS Episkopi Cyprus
56 BF1 2AX Madrid Spain
57 BF1 2AT Akrotiri Cyprus
58 BF1 2AU Dhekelia Cyprus
59 BF1 2AW Ayios Nikolaos Cyprus
61 BF1 2AY Milan Italy
63 BF1 3AQ Virginia USA
64 BF1 3AS Edwards AFB USA
65 BF1 2BA Rome Italy
66 BF1 3AU Creech AFB USA
68 BF1 2BE Poggio Renatico Italy
73 BF1 3BD Beaufort AFB USA
75 BF1 3BF Eglin AFB USA
105 BF1 0AX Isolated Detachments See table below
109 BF1 0DL Ramstein Germany
113 BF1 0DN Mansergh Bks Germany
140 BF1 0DQ JHQ, Bielefeld  Germany
599 BF1 5FZ Izmir Turkey
622 BF1 6BD IMATT (SL) Sierra Leone
642 BF1 6DD BMM Kuwait City Kuwait
644 BF1 6DF BMATT (J) Jordan
655 BF1 6DU All FI units Falklands
677 BF1 6EX RAF Ascension  Ascensions
678 BF1 6EY Two Boats Ascensions
769 BF1 7EN LST Oman
801 BF1 1AA Lisburn NI
805 BF1 1AD Ballykinler NI
806 BF1 1AE Holywood NI
808 BF1 1AG Aldergrove NI
825 BF1 1AH Lisburn NI

Isolated Detachments (Isodets)

Max Weight - 30Kg

Box
No.
Location Box
No.
Location
589 ATC Obersdorf 2021 The Naval Outdoor Centre
2001 FDTC Bavaria 2022 RN Ex Officer Flensberg
2002 Army EO, HQ Army, Strausberg 2024 UK Ex Officer Stuttgart
2003 NATO School Oberammergau 2025 BLO Stuttgart
2004 Army EO, HQ1 (DEU) Armd Div, Oldenberg 2026 RAF Liaison Officer Diepholz
2009 MBSTC Möhnesee 2027 RAF Ex Officer Konigsbrunn
2010 NETMA/BCG/BSSO MUNICH 2028 RAF Personnel MEA 4 Manching
2011 BLO(G) Force Development, Koln 2029 UK Typhoon Team Eurofighter IWSSC
2014 OCCAR/COBRA 2030 RM Ex Officer Eckenforde
2016 BLO Pionierschule 2031 Defence section British Embassy Berlin
2017 BLO(G) Training Leipzig 2032 BLO Berlin
2019 RAF Ex Officer Hohn 2033 RN Exchange Pilot Nordholz
2020 German Armed Forces Staff College,  Hamburg 2034 GBR NSE Munster

 

Naval Parties

Max Weight - 11Kg

BFPO
No.
Post
Code
Naval Party Location
485 BF1 4TG NP 1002 Diego Garcia (BIOT)
487 BF1 4TJ NP 1010 (BDLS Ottawa) Canada
488 BF1 4TL NP 1011 - Maritime Warfare  Centre (MWC) / Autec Portsmouth, UK/Miami                                                  
489 BF1 4TN NP 1022 (RNLO) Singapore
490 BF1 4TP NP 1023 (RNLO Gulf) Dubai
494 BF1 4TT NP 2010 Falkland Islands
495 BF1 4TU NP 1005 Den Helder, Holland
496 BF1 4TW OP Atalanta Djibouti
497 BF1 4TX OP Atalanta Att to foreign ships
c/o2 BF1 3AA HMS Saker (Washington) USA
c/o63 BF1 3AQ NP 1964 (Norfolk, Virginia) USA

 

 

HM Ships

Max Weight - 11Kg

BFPO
No.
Post
Code
Location BFPO
No.
Post
Code
Location
204 BF1 4AF HMS Albion 363 BF1 4LE HMS Pursuer
205 BF1 4AG HMS Ambush 364 BF1 4LF HMS Prince of Wales
208 BF1 4AL HMS Archer 365 BF1 4LG HMS Queen Elizabeth
210 BF1 4AP HMS Argyll 367 BF1 4LJ HMS Protector
213 BF1 4AS HMS Artful 368 BF1 4LL HMS Ramsey
214 BF1 4AT HMS Astute 369 BF1 4LN HMS Ranger
216 BF1 4AW HMS Audacious 375 BF1 4LU HMS Richmond
221 BF1 4BB HMS Blyth 377 BF1 4LX HMS Raider
222 BF1 4BD HMS Bangor 378 BF1 4LY HMS Sabre
229 BF1 4BN HMS Biter 381 BF1 4NB HMS Scott
231 BF1 4BQ HMS Blazer 382 BF1 4ND HMS Severn
241 BF1 4DB HMS Brocklesby 384 BF1 4NF HMS Scimitar
243 BF1 4DE HMS Bulwark 386 BF1 4NH HMS Shoreham
251 BF1 4DQ HMS Cattistock 387 BF1 4NJ HMS Smiter
252 BF1 4DR HMS Charger 395 BF1 4NU HMS Somerset
254 BF1 4DT HMS Chiddingfold 398 BF1 4NY HMS Sutherland
255 BF1 4DU HMS Clyde 399 BF1 4NZ HMS St Albans
267 BF1 4EJ HMS Defender 401 BF1 4PB HMS Talent
268 BF1 4EL HMS Dragon 402 BF1 4PD HMS Tireless
269 BF1 4EN HMS Duncan 403 BF1 4PE HMS Torbay
270 BF1 4EP HMS Daring 405 BF1 4PG HMS Trenchant
271 BF1 4EQ HMS Dasher 406 BF1 4PH HMS Triumph
272 BF1 4ER HMS Dauntless 407 BF1 4PJ HMS Trumpeter
273 BF1 4ES HMS Diamond 408 BF1 4PL HMS Turbulent
275 BF1 4EU HMS Echo 409 BF1 4PN HMS Tracker
276 BF1 4EW HMS Enterprise 411 BF1 4PQ HMS Trent
280 BF1 4FA HMS Explorer 412 BF1 4PR HMS Tyne
281 BF1 4FB HMS Example 418 BF1 4PY HMS Vanguard
282 BF1 4FD HMS Express 419 BF1 4PZ HMS Victorious
285 BF1 4FG HMS Exploit 420 BF1 4QA HMS Vigilant
288 BF1 4FL HMS Gleaner 421 BF1 4QB HMS Vengeance
292 BF1 4FR HMS Grimsby 426 BF1 4QH HMS Westminster
300 BF1 4GA HMS Hurworth 431 BF1 4QQ RFA Wave Ruler
309 BF1 4GN HMS Iron Duke 432 BF1 4QR RFA Wave Knight
318 BF1 4GY HMS Kent 433 BF1 4QS RFA Argus
323 BF1 4HE HMS Lancaster 435 BF1 4QU RFA Black Rover
324 BF1 4HF HMS Ledbury 436 BF1 4QW RFA Cardigan Bay
332 BF1 4HR HMS Medway 438 BF1 4QY RFA Diligence
334 BF1 4HT HMS Mersey 439 BF1 4QZ RFA Fort Austin
335 BF1 4HU HMS Middleton 441 BF1 4RB RFA Fort Rosalie
338 BF1 4HY HMS Monmouth 442 BF1 4RD RFA Fort Victoria
339 BF1 4HZ HMS Montrose 447 BF1 4RJ RFA Lyme Bay
345 BF1 4JG HMS Northumberland 448 BF1 4RL RFA Mounts Bay
350 BF1 4JP HMS Ocean 455 BF1 4RU RFA Tideforce
357 BF1 4JX HMS Pembroke 456 BF1 4RW RFA Tiderace
358 BF1 4JY HMS Penzance 457 BF1 4RX RFA Tidespring
361 BF1 4LB HMS Portland 458 BF1 4RY RFA Tidesurge
362 BF1 4LD HMS Puncher

 

 

Operations

Max Weight - 2Kg

BFPO
No.
Post
Code
Operation BFPO
No.
Post
Code
Operation
501 BF1 5AB OP ELGIN 627 BF1 6BJ OP SHADER
550 BF1 5DP OP SHADER 630 BF1 6BP OP TRENTON (EAN) 
556  BF1 5DW OP SHADER 631 BF1 6BQ OP TANGHAM
561 BF1 5EB OP ELGIN (K) 632 BF1 6BR OP KIPION
566 BF1 5EH OP CABRIT  634 BF1 6BT OP CROSSWAYS
572 BF1 5ER OP LITTEN 636 BF1 6BW OP SHADER
567 BF1 5EJ OP TOSCA 637 BF1 6BX OP SHADER
576 BF1 5EW OP VOCATE 639 BF1 6BZ OP KIPION
584 BF1 5FF OP CABRIT 651 BF1 6DQ OP VERITAS
590 BF1 5FP OP ORBITAL 652 BF1 6DR OP MARMAT
597 BF1 5FX OP SHADER 660 BF1 6EA OP SHADER
598 BF1 5FY OP SHADER 664 BF1 6EF OP BRANTA
602 BF1 6AD OP NEWCOMBE 675 BF1 6EU OP SHADER
604 BF1 6AF OP TURUS 684 BF1 6FF OP SHADER
605 BF1 6AG OP TURUS 685 BF1 6FG OP TRAMAL/
TAILPIN
606 BF1 6AH OP PERCIVAL 689 BF1 6FN OP HALLEX
607 BF1 6AJ OP VOGUL 690 BF1 6FP OP RECOMPOSE
611 BF1 6AQ OP MATCHMAKER 695 BF1 6FU OP TURUS
616 BF1 6AW OP CATAN 711 BF1 7AQ OP TORAL
617 BF1 6AX OP BACKWELL/
MODEST/
PRAISER
759 BF1 7DZ OP TORAL
618 BF1 6AY OP TRENTON 762 BF1 7ED OP TORAL
619 BF1 6AZ OP TRENTON 764 BF1 7EF OP TORAL
620 BF1 6BA OP TRENTON 767 BF1 7EJ OP KIPION
625 BF1 6BG OP SHADER 779 BF1 7EZ OP KIPION
626 BF1 6BH OP SHADER 798 BF1 7FY OP TORAL 

 

June 23, 2019 — Customer Service
Tags: BFPO