17 - BAFF's Adrian Weale was quoted in a newspaper report that over a three-year period more than 600 troops in Scotland's infantry super-regiment had failed rigorous fitness tests. Weale suggested that operational tempo was one likely factor: "You don't get to do much physical training on operations and then you have a big downtime afterwards where you fill up with beer and junk food."
08 - BAFF's Douglas Young was quoted in a story by the Daily Record's Stephen Stewart revealing that more than 200 soldiers had left the Royal Regiment of Scotland between April 2012, despite a recruiting drive costing millions. While mentioning a number of reasons for the fall including restructuring which reduced the regiment's 5th Battalion to company strength, Young stressed the importance of retention, looking after our soldiers and making their post-Afghan service worthwhile. Scotland's regiment shows record fall in numbers as Government defence cutbacks bite.
03 - BAFF Executive Council member Adrian Weale told BBC Radio Wales he thought an independent ombudsman was a good idea as armed forces personnel had to complain through their chain of command - and that may be via the person they accused of bullying them. British Armed Forces Federation is a leading advocate of the raising of the powers of the Service Complaints Commissioner to those of a full independent armed forces ombudsman. Armed Services bullying action call by MP Madeleine Moon.