MIL-OSI UK: News story: Dstl tests NATO’s War of Words

Source: United Kingdom – Ministry of Defence

Specialists from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) tested NATO’s strategic communications during Exercise Trident Juncture.
The biggest NATO exercise since 2015 saw around 50,000 troops deploy to Norway and Iceland for the three-month-long training, with Dstl spending five weeks on the exercise.
Dstl worked with NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, the Joint Warfare Centre and Supreme Allied Command Transformation to deliver an assessment of the tools NATO used for public engagement around the exercise. Results revealed better public engagement, as well as the development of a framework which will allow NATO to achieve the ‘information advantage.’
A strategic communications specialist from Dstl said:

This is about winning the information war, as well as the frontline one. We need to combine what we know about both elements to be successful. Online media has changed the way we do business in this area.
We provided evidence which changed the way NATO did business in terms of their external communications for that exercise, and for future processes. In five weeks we were able to identify, analyse and assess, and then advise NATO communicators on how to use online media to their best advantage.
The impact was huge; we effected significant change in terms of cut-through of positive messaging about NATO.

The work involved tracking hashtags and sentiment, monitoring the information environment and advising NATO on how to gain traction and impact with its online presence. Analysis of external media was also tracked, alongside NATO’s own communications about the exercise.
The Information Fusion Cell director from Joint Force Command Naples said:

The scientists are inspirational ambassadors for Dstl and are greatly valued at Joint Force Command Naples.

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MIL-OSI UK: Guidance: Healthcare regulatory policy and healthcare regulations (DSA02)

Source: United Kingdom – Ministry of Defence

This Ministry of Defence (MOD) healthcare policy and regulations document is issued by the Defence Medical Services Regulator (DMSR) and forms the basis of the MOD’s regulatory framework for healthcare. It should be read by personnel, people and organisations conducting healthcare activity on behalf of the MOD (including support, facilitation, assurance, management and leadership), in both the UK and overseas. The regulations set out in this document are the minimum standards to be adopted for healthcare safety; they are mandatory and full compliance is required.
This document is in 3 parts: * foreword and safety message * chapter 1: details the DMSRs Policy overview * chapter 2: comprises healthcare Regulatory Articles (RA’s)
Readers are advised to read all parts in order to understand the regulatory framework.
Further information can be obtained from the Defence Medical Services Regulator by emailing dsa-dmsr-gp@mod.gov.uk
Regular reviews will be conducted and this DSA02 document will be updated as required. These Defence Healthcare Regulatory Policy and Healthcare Regulations are effective from January 2019

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MIL-OSI UK: Detailed guide: Operation Nightingale

Source: United Kingdom – Ministry of Defence

About Op Nightingale
The initiative is controlled by the Ministry of Defence and is a registered trademark (UK00003192564). It has been running since 2011 and has undertaken fieldwork in the UK and overseas, with hundreds of military personnel having worked on projects.
First World War Practice Trenches, Digging for Britain BBC Digging for Britain with the Op Nightingale excavations at Perham Down
Owning around 1% of the UK mainland, the defence estate holds a lot of the nation’s heritage. 770 scheduled monuments are within this portfolio and this presents not only a major challenge for the 4 archaeologists that work for this government department, but also a fabulous opportunity to share cultural heritage opportunities with these volunteers.
This work, not only assists the wellbeing of participants but also contributes towards the department’s commitment to the stewardship of the historic estate. Operation Nightingale has also worked alongside several military related charities and the excavation work has led to numerous publications and also to new artefacts being displayed in museum galleries.

You can follow us on Facebook to found out what we’re working on.

Applying to participate
The Community Interest Company, Breaking Ground Heritage is a charity is run by military veterans, It is one of the main providers of volunteers for Op Nightingale digs.
If you are a veteran or serving personnel can apply for Op Nightingale projects through their website.
The website also holds excavation reports and films of many Op Nightingale sites.
Defence Archaeology Group, run by serving military personnel, are another provider of volunteers. If you are serving personnel, you can apply for projects through their website.
Further information
Wessex Archaeology is one of the main commercial providers of Op Nightingale projects. You can read more about their work for projects on their website.
You can read the DIO blogpost Breaking Ground with Operation Nightingale, an interview with Ex-Marine Dickie Bennett, a participant on Op Nightingale ventures
You can read the DIO blogpost Operation Nightingale, an interview with Alex Sotheran, a MOD archaeologist who works on Op Nightingale sites.
Time Team series 20 episode 5: Barrow Clump, the work of Op Nightingale on a Saxon cemetery in 2012
A photojournalist playlist of images of the excavations of the Saxon cemetery at Barrow Clump in 2017
BBC film on Operation Nightingale work at Barrow Clump on Salisbury Plain, and the discovery of an Anglo-Saxon sword in 2014
Sanctuary magazine
We have features in the following MOD’s Sanctuary Magazine. All the links below will open in PDF.
Sanctuary: issue 47, 2018Sanctuary: issue 46, 2017Sanctuary: issue 45, 2016Sanctuary: issue 44, 2015
News
Op Nightingale winning a National Archaeology AwardOp Nightingale winning a National Conservation award (Daily telegrah article)

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MIL-OSI UK: Official Statistics: Deliberate self harm in the UK armed forces: 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2018

Source: United Kingdom – Ministry of Defence

This is an ad hoc statistical bulletin providing information on the number and rate of UK armed forces personnel who had at least 1 episode of deliberate self harm (DSH) recorded between financial years 2010/11 and 2016/117 on Ministry of Defence (MOD) held systems. It has been developed to ensure the public has equal access to the information and supports the MOD’s commitment to release information where possible.

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MIL-OSI UK: News story: D-Day 75: events to mark 75th anniversary of Normandy Landings announced

Source: United Kingdom – Ministry of Defence

Events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June 2019 have been announced at an event at The D-Day Story in Portsmouth.
Vice Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Gordon Messenger announced the official commemorations during a visit to The D-Day Story in Portsmouth. The Ministry of Defence has worked with The Royal British Legion and Portsmouth City Council to organise a series of events to take place in Portsmouth and Normandy.
The centrepiece of the D-Day 75 programme will be a specially-chartered ship which will carry D-Day veterans to key commemorations in Portsmouth and Normandy in June. The ship, chartered with funds from The Royal British Legion and a LIBOR grant from HM Treasury, will offer the veterans and their carers accommodation and travel for the duration of their visit at no cost to them.
Welcoming the announcement, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

75 years ago the forces of 13 Allied countries gathered in Britain before launching the historic operation to liberate Europe. Winston Churchill rightly said that D-Day was “undoubtedly the most complicated and difficult” operation that had ever taken place. This June we will show our veterans that the debt to them is never forgotten for the price they paid for the freedom and peace we now enjoy.

The key commemoration events will include an inauguration at the site of the Normandy Memorial Trust’s British Normandy Memorial and The Royal British Legion’s services at Bayeux Cathedral and Bayeux Cemetery. The commemorations will conclude with an evening of music and entertainment for veterans beside the beaches at Arromanches.
Portsmouth, from where much of the D-Day landing force sailed in 1944, will be the focal point of the UK commemorations and will host the UK national event on 5 June 2019. Portsmouth City Council is planning a series of events over five days to reflect the area’s unique role in one of the largest and well-known military operations in history.
Cllr Gerald Vernon Jackson, Leader, Portsmouth City Council said:

This June the city will be the focal point for reflection on the events of 1944. Veterans, military personnel and civilians will commemorate those lost and celebrate the achievements of the operation that sailed from Portsmouth 75 years ago. It’s fitting that we’re revealing the programme of events for D-Day 75 at The D-Day Story – the museum which has captured the human stories of those involved in that epic event.

D-Day veterans or those who would like to help a veteran attend the commemorations are asked to register with The Royal British Legion using the forms available on their website.
The Royal British Legion’s Commemorative Events Lead, Bob Gamble OBE, said:

As we mark 75 years since the largest seaborne invasion the world has ever seen we salute the bravery and sacrifice of all those who took part in liberating Europe. We invite those who wish to attend the events to commemorate their historic achievements to get in touch with the Legion and join our all-costs-covered journey by ship back to France. The veterans will be the VIPs at this event and we will make sure their every need is catered for as they travel back to Normandy to take part in this landmark event.

Earlier today, the Defence Secretary published an open letter to D-Day veterans inviting them to register to take part in the commemorations.

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MIL-OSI UK: Guidance: Tri-service pension codes: April 2018

Source: United Kingdom – Ministry of Defence

Tri-service pension codes: April 2018 – GOV.UK

Revised rates of service retired pay and pensions, service invaliding retired pay and pensions, service attributable retired pay and pensions, gratuities and resettlement grants.

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The revised rates apply to all personnel who are members of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 1975 and whose last day of service is on or after the 31 March 2018.

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Published 16 January 2019

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MIL-OSI UK: Guidance: Human security in military operations (JSP 1325)

Source: United Kingdom – Ministry of Defence

It acknowledges that civilians, especially the bodies of women and girls, have become an extension of the battlefield. In such a climate UK military personnel are morally and ethically bound to understanding the role they can play in preventing and responding to such human rights violations.
Based on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 the JSP explains how an understanding of the human terrain can be enhanced by engaging more with Civil Society. This interaction will then contribute to enhanced situational awareness leading to more successful protection of civilian’s strategies.
The JSP offers guidance on how military planners can integrate the following cross-cutting conflict dynamics in to operational staff work: Women, peace and security, children affected by armed conflict, human trafficking and protection of civilians.

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MIL-OSI UK: FOI release: FOI responses released by MOD: week commencing 14 January 2019

Source: United Kingdom – Ministry of Defence

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MIL-OSI UK: Regulation: Regulatory Article (RA) 4803: method of application for approval (MRP 145.A.15), approved maintenance organisations only

Source: United Kingdom – Ministry of Defence

Published 27 November 2014
Last updated 11 January 2019 + show all updates
11 January 2019 MAA MAOS form 2: application for MRP part 145 approval updated to version 2. Please note RA 4803 has not changed.
30 November 2018 Issue 5 has been published under NAA 18/37.
31 October 2018 Application form for MRP part 145 approval published.
1 April 2015 Issue 4 has been published under NAA 15/13
27 November 2014 First published.

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