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In Topic: Women in the Infantry

Today, 03:42 PM

I think a mandatory test during procurement exercises for man-portable military should be the designers having to walk 20 miles with the kit as well as the typical squaddie layout.  That may make them think twice about using steel and consider using aluminium for most kit and titanium for the more expensive, costly and fragile stuff


Wholeheartedly agree. However, there are military people working within D&ES to make that point. However, kit still gets through that is too heavy or large... but I guess that is what happens when we have to regular develop our own kit rather than buying off the shelf from the US etc. I shouldn't whinge too much though; UK's ECM kit is far better than the US stuff who have been trying to get their hands on its technology for years.

In Topic: Women in the Infantry

Yesterday, 11:24 PM

Surely somebody coming home in a body bag is as distressing no matter what the gender of the person is. Women have already died in Afghanistan. Women were in harm's way routinely in Afghanistan. Women were decorated fir gallantry in Afghanistan.

It certainly is distressing. However, you only have to look at the coverage of Sarah Bryant's death in Afghanistan or Jo Dyer's death in Iraq to see there is a fundamental difference between how the media and therefore the UK public see a woman's death in a combat zone to that of a male. I am all for allowing females to join the combat units in the Army and RM (not many will want or will pass the fitness requirements) but not everyone thinks the way you/we do.

In Topic: Women in the Infantry

Yesterday, 10:14 PM

what ARE they carrying on their backs? I bet the enemy don't carry anywhere that much. 
According to the Ministry of Defence, infantry soldiers carry around 145lb, 20Ib more than their US counterparts.

Half the problem is the size of the radio and ECM kit; bulky and heavy is an understatement!

as long as they pass the same BFT as the men and can carry the weight I don't see it as an issue. The main problem will be the attitudes, the men will need to just see the soldier not want to protect the woman.

I don't disagree with that. It'll cause real issues with the structure and cohesion of a unit initially but will no doubt resolve itself in time... The real issue I foresee is in the public domain if large numbers of females start coming home in body bags; not sure the UK public ready for that...

In Topic: George Williams gets Wigan #6 shirt

13 December 2014 - 01:35 PM

Quality young player is Williams. Whilst being a Saints fan, sincerely hope he makes the grade as a stand off as we need more of our kids to kick on in the halves and challenge for international representation.

In Topic: 15/11/14 - 4N Final - New Zealand v Australia KO 7.45am (GMT)

16 November 2014 - 08:51 PM

Morning all. Currently in Devonport on the North shore in Auckland. I had a belting time watching the game on Queens Street in Auckland. The Kiwis fan certainly enjoyed the game and despise the Australians as much as I do. Shaun Johnson was simply awesome as was the game as a whole. Simply cannot wait for the Kiwis to tour the UK next year; just hope the RFL announce details and tickets soon and play the games in big stadia.