Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Kids Bored?

Children  bored, go to www.ni4kids.com and download a boredom busting activity sheet.

Army Photographic Competition 2017

The Army has launched a new mission, called Operation Camera. In its sights is anyone with a potentially winning photo of the British Army.
"Op Camera”, as soldiers call it, is a new category in the annual Army Photographic Competition, which has previously not been open to the public.“We’ve got great photographers in the Army,” said Command Master Photographer, “but we realised that lots of other people have fabulous photos of what we do, including members of the public and our colleagues in the Royal Navy and the RAF.
“This year we’re inviting everyone to enter. It’s your army, so let’s see the great pictures you’ve got.”
The Army has also created a special new category for cadet organisations. Called “Cadet Life”, it is open to all young people in the Army Cadet Force or any section of the Combined Cadet Force.

“Cadet Life is a brilliant opportunity to show life in the cadets from a cadet’s point of view”.
“Everyone seems to have cameras on their phones these days, so the big question is: ‘Have you taken – or can you get out and take - any good photos with a British Army theme?’ ”
In both categories, judges will be looking for high quality photographs that can be used to promote the Army across traditional and social media channels.
Running for more than 20 years, many of the entries have traditionally come from trained Army photographers from the Royal Logistic Corps.
“The advantage our photographers have is that, as soldiers first, they deploy on operations with other soldiers to capture life on front lines and training areas around the world”.
“They are the eyes of the Army and capture and share an unrivalled view of Army life right at the heart of the action.
“But they can’t be everywhere, and we know lots of people take good photos of soldiers and what they do – and we’d love to see them.”
Other categories in the Army Photographic Competition – including video, for social media - remain open to any Regular Army and Army Reserve personnel, as well as cadets including the Army’s University Officer Training Corps. Ministry of Defence civilians who work directly for the Army can also enter.
“We’re also asking the public to vote for their favourite picture,” “If you follow the Army channels on Facebook and Instagram you’ll be able take part”.
Closing date for entries is Wednesday 27th September 2017, with full details at: www.army.mod.uk/photocomp

Families Continuous Attitude Survey

The 2017 Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS) provides the opportunity for Army spouses/civil partners to express their views about a range of issues that affect their life as a Service family. The evidence provided by these views is a vital source of information that assists the Army in developing future personnel policy.

To support this process, it is important that the collective views of spouses/civil partners of Officers and Soldiers alike are communicated to the wider Army.

A link to the report can be found on the gov.uk website

Army Widows Association

Combat Stress

Quest Magazine

National Empolyment & Careers Fair - Tidworth

Pathfinder Magazine

The Macrobert Trust - Military Discount

Forces Personnel - Enhanced Learning Credits

The MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. 

The scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years. You are reminded that ELC funding is only available for pursuit of higher level learning i.e. for courses that result in a nationally recognised qualification at Level three or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England, Northern Ireland and Wales), a Level six or above on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) or, if pursued overseas, an approved international equivalent qualification with an approved learning provider.