The coroner's inquest is under way into the tragic deaths of Cpl James Dunsby, Trooper Edward Maher and L/Cpl Craig Roberts, experienced army reservists who took part in an SAS selection test on Pen Y Fan on July 13, 2013. While we await the outcome of the inquest in due course, it is difficult at this stage to agree with previous suggestions that investigations into these deaths have been excessive.
- House of Lords debate on the Queen's Speech: Marshal of the RAF calls for Service Complaints Ombudsman legislation to be cancelled. (Updated article)
- Lord Craig of Radley believes the proposals lessen "the essential ethos of trust up and down the chain of command".
- He regards the reformed service complaints system as a "combat lawfare" issue.
- Queen's Speech to include a British Bill of Rights, to replace the Human Rights Act. (The Government's proposal to "bring forward a British Bill of Rights" has now been confirmed in the Queen's Speech; more to follow on this site)
- Nothing wrong in principle with a Bill of Rights, and many BAFF members share concerns about reported "human rights" excesses.
- Calls for reform often make a point of "protecting the armed forces", but the case for reform is not helped by confused or exaggerated claims.
- BAFF intends to encourage the fullest informed debate of the Bill of Rights' implications for armed forces personnel.
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that over a three year period 2012-2014, 260 members of the armed forces tested positive for anabolic steroids as classified as Class C drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Of those, only a tiny number (10) were allowed to continue serving. That's seven a month being booted out for taking steroids.
The General Election is over, but you can still vote for BAFF! We now have our very own, brand new, official Facebook page. If you have a FB account, please help by giving us a 'like'.
BAFF members and registered supporters please log in for details of our 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held in October. The AGM business includes the election of a new Chairman, as the present chairman Douglas Young earlier informed the Executive Council that he will not be standing for re-election to this post. More below.