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Can Wigston survive the onslaught?

Old 29th May 2023, 20:58
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Originally Posted by AirmanNotAviator
Further to 417 & 418, the number of Gurkas in the British Army is about 3,400 and the number of Fijians is about 1,300. Clearly, these two special areas of recruitment enhance the Army's diversity stats considerably.
There are no Gurkas as such ..............
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Old 29th May 2023, 21:36
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Thanks, most helpful.
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Old 30th May 2023, 08:50
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Originally Posted by AirmanNotAviator
Thanks, most helpful.
if you get it wrong they come after you with a cookery ,.......
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Old 30th May 2023, 08:53
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Originally Posted by langleybaston
if you get it wrong they come after you with a cookery ,.......
And throw the book at you...
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L-B ,can you explain your #421..?
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Originally Posted by sycamore
L-B ,can you explain your #421..?
Yes it was an attempt at a light hearted rebuke for mis-speeeling my favourite soldiers, the

Brigade of Gurkhas

In retrospect it was rather rude, for which I apologise.
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Old 30th May 2023, 11:16
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No need to apologise: spelling error was made!
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Old 30th May 2023, 11:18
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Not defending wigston at all, but during my time in recruiting we were told the figures (%s) were being set by government.
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It appears to me that Wigston did survive the onslaught! Thread title needs to be amended.
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Old 30th May 2023, 13:41
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It appears to me that Wigston did survive the onslaught! Thread title needs to be amended.
When the histories are written, he will not come out well, but its a good pension, so sod the poor buggers who suffered and will be suffering from his tenure.
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Old 30th May 2023, 14:23
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He’s certainly brought the RAF into disrepute, which for anyone else would be cause for disciplinary action. History will judge him for his misguidance and illegal actions. He’s already been judged by those way down the food chain who had to follow him.
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Old 30th May 2023, 15:20
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He’s certainly brought the RAF into disrepute, which for anyone else would be cause for disciplinary action. History will judge him for his misguidance and illegal actions. He’s already been judged by those way down the food chain who had to follow him.
Sad, because when we retire we would all wish to be well spoken of.
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Sad, because when we retire we would all wish to be well spoken of.
Sorry LB, but I have zero respect for that man. We all like to poke fun at the commissioned end of the RAF, but I witnessed some amazing talent over my time, which makes it even more mind boggling that such an insipid, hollow and vacuous individual was promoted to that role and allowed to instigate so much damage without being stopped.
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Old 30th May 2023, 17:29
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Originally Posted by Clunk60
He’s certainly brought the RAF into disrepute, which for anyone else would be cause for disciplinary action. History will judge him for his misguidance and illegal actions. He’s already been judged by those way down the food chain who had to follow him.
He’d certainly make an interesting chapter in any update of one of my favourite books, “The Psychology of Military Incompetence”….
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Old 30th May 2023, 17:58
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Originally Posted by minigundiplomat
Sorry LB, but I have zero respect for that man. We all like to poke fun at the commissioned end of the RAF, but I witnessed some amazing talent over my time, which makes it even more mind boggling that such an insipid, hollow and vacuous individual was promoted to that role and allowed to instigate so much damage without being stopped.

​​​​​​​Rather like Berger is destroying Uncle Sam's Misguided Children
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Interesting article in today’s DT online (sorry, not allowed to post URLs) re useless white male pilots……
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More evidence of a system (ie. systemic) which discriminated against race (racial discrimination)…

https://news.sky.com/story/raf-recru...rgets-12893684

Let’s hope the other miscreants blindly supporting Wokeston are also shown the door as he leaves on Friday (or shortly thereafter). This is a total disgrace and those in the RAF that have encouraged this dreadful racism should be prosecuted under the Equality Act of 2010. As payments have been clearly offered to those affected then it is surely an admission of guilt.
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He probably has done more to destroy the moral of the RAF than the Luftwaffe ever did..

​​​​​Confidence in the head of the Royal Air Force and his leadership team has halved in the past two years to its lowest-ever level and aviators are at their least happy since records began, a survey has revealed.
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The Ministry of Defence's continuous attitude survey of military personnel across the three armed services - a key benchmark of morale - found a mere 18% of aviators had confidence in the senior leadership of the RAF in 2023, sharply down from 36% in 2021.

Barely a quarter (26%) of those surveyed felt the senior leadership team - led by Air Chief Marshal Wigston - was keen to listen to feedback, while a feeble 15% felt their top bosses understood the impact of changes in the RAF on personnel.

"While attitudes towards RAF senior leaders rose in 2021, they have fallen markedly in the last two years to their lowest reported levels," the survey said.

This question has been asked annually since 2015.
As a result of these decreases, RAF personnel are now the least positive about their senior leaders compared to the other services."

Overall satisfaction with life in the RAF plummeted nine percentage points to 37% from a year ago - its lowest level since this question was first asked in 2007.

"RAF personnel feel less proud (71%), less engaged (57%) and less valued (26%), according to the findings.
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Old 1st Jun 2023, 19:24
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Originally Posted by minigundiplomat
Sorry LB, but I have zero respect for that man. We all like to poke fun at the commissioned end of the RAF, but I witnessed some amazing talent over my time, which makes it even more mind boggling that such an insipid, hollow and vacuous individual was promoted to that role and allowed to instigate so much damage without being stopped.
Ok, this might say more about my own shallowness than anything else, but I've always regarded the armed forces as most likely to attract a certain mind set and outlook. Someone who makes it through from CIO to a frontline Tornado Squadron alone, would, one expect be an entirely different character to that of ACM Sir Mike Wigston? I'm not saying we should expect all senior officers and professional military men to be from a single mould and to tailor fit all expectations. But that Wigston has seemingly made such an effort to embrace what can best be described as radical progressive Liberal thinking, it seems somewhat incompatible with his chosen career. Having said that this effort to be associated with progressive thinking isn't that new, other service chiefs recently, but not all and it certainly isn't an on going trend, have drifted away from the more conservative image of the armed forces of the past, is it all simply about a dearth in sufficient recruitment or accommodating government, indeed civil service, craving to see a society which has no stereotypical images certainly in some professions? Perhaps it is my fashioned thinking from the 1970s and before with a father who served in the second world war?

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If this scandal started and stopped with ACM Wigston it would be of some comfort. Sadly it didn't. It is what happens to any military after prolonged periods of peace, by which I mean without major or World Wars. Instead of leaders being brought to the high command out of necessity, career seekers bring themselves, often with some agenda or other but always with a single minded determination to make it at the cost of everyone else. Shortcuts, bullying, and downright lies achieve what the lack of leadership cannot. The cost is invariably paid by subordinates, usually at one star or below. Hence these unfortunate male candidates who never made it to IOC, but even more tragically those who died in avoidable air accidents because the mandated airworthiness regulations were subverted and suborned on the orders of other VSOs from the Star Chamber.

The cost in blood and treasure is scandal enough, but it pales in the future cost of trying (and failing?) to gain Air Superiority from a rival hostile air power with a lack of airworthiness riddling our Air Fleets. Someone suggested a future engineer CAS, which would be a great start. Whatever race, creed, or sexual classification of future air crew, it will be of secondary importance to the lack of airworthiness suffered by our aircraft.

The leadership of the Royal Air Force has utterly failed the Service and the Nation. Reform is urgent. It should start with the removal of Air Regulation and Accident Investigation from the maw of the MOD/RAF (and each other). Only then can the long journey to reform commence.
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