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Rebuilding Iraq… With Modular Construction

We have our fair share of Structural Insulated Panel companies in the UK, but what about abroad? Modular construction is starting to take off, and I actually found it quite interesting to see what new construction taking place in Iraq. Post war construction is always needed but Iraq is actually in desperate need for big housing projects and social facilities.

Thanks to karmod for the images

I think it is great modular design is at the forefront, it’s effecient in development aswell as insulation and it is obviously an effective way to clean up post war damage with modular offsite constructed pre-fab buildings.

Oh, Tony Blair

Although Tony Blair came to power as leader of a Labour government, his premiership has not followed the standard Labour Party policy of pacifism and anti-war sentiment. Neither has there been towards US foreign policy.

Mr Blair reportedly stated that we might be a lucky generation that’ll never need to send individuals to war. In reality, he’s participated in more military campaigns than any British Prime Minister in living memory.

He’d a clear admiration for Margaret Thatcher and her handing of the Falklands War. When he entered office in 1997, he even contacted Mrs Thatcher on matters of authorities, even though she left office 7 years previously in 1990.

His first taste of the delight of war came in 1999 when the UK participated in the NATO directed airborne bombing of Yugoslavia with all the purpose of getting Slobodan Milosevic to withdraw his troops from Kosovo. Among all the NATO leaders, it was Blair who sought to demonise Milosevic and make comparisons with all the ethnic cleansing policies of Serbia and the Nazi Holocaust.

Mr Blair had moved on to other foreign ventures.

An important lesson which Mr Blair learnt from the Kosovo campaign was that it’s unwise to hand his enemies over . Mr Milosevic sadly died during the trial and Tony Blair was robbed of the publicity success which may have followed the inevitable guilty verdict.

Britain sent troops ostensibly to evacuate British nationals in danger during a rebel rebellion. It shortly became clear that Mr Blair had a long term strategy to support the democratically elected authorities of the diamond rich country. This strategy suffered a setback when a tiny contingent of UK forces were caught with a rebel faction called the West Side Boys in September 2000. Mr Blair said that British soldiers are held against their will anywhere in the world, it is something the government takes quite seriously. After several diplomatic exchanges that were perfunctory, a rescue mission was authorised by Mr Blair. Just one British paratrooper was killed throughout the successful raid.

During a trip to Sierra Leone, wherever he went, Mr Blair was hailed as the saviour of the country and applauded. This evidently whetted his appetite for additional foreign adventures.

The aftermath of the terrorist attack on the united states soon overtook the applause of adoring crowds in Sierra Leone in September 2001. Mr Blair committed British troops from Afghanistan to the removal of the Taliban along with the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. After that, The Taliban managed to regroup and Mr Bin Laden remained at large and re-entered Afghanistan after both Blair and Bush had declared the campaign a success.

The invasion of Iraq in 2003 by the US and UK led coalition has eventually discredited Tony Blair’s qualifications as a war leader , and it has sealed his fate as a politician with international ambitions which proved catastrophic, both to his own country also to the world at large.

The performance of Saddam was a badly managed event that was made worse by the truth that Mr Blair was holidaying with a pop star during the time in Florida.

Mr Blair’s announcement of a decrease of British troop numbers in Iraq during February 2007, indicates the commencement of a hasty exit strategy. As usual, the release of the news that was negative was massaged and presented as a redeployment of resources where British troops are having some success contrary to the Taliban. The truth is that the UK electorate along with Mr Blair have wearied of the war in Iraq.

It’s opportune to investigate his want for glory on the entire world stage, as the Blair era is coming to an end. In the heady days of 1997, his Foreign Secretary Robin Cook and both Tony Blair talked of an ethical foreign policy. It is a curious claim in that it presupposes that foreign policy could be customarily lacking in ethical principles.

The driving force for Tony Blair has seemingly been his personal convictions that are Christian, although he is unwilling to discuss openly with this issue. This really is perplexing as his buddy Sir Cliff Richard bears public witness to his Christian beliefs, and also the friends undoubtedly discuss this when Mr Blair loves the hospitality at his Caribbean mansion of Sir Cliff. There are reports which he chooses medieval Christian texts to read on vacation. What has possibly convinced Mr Blair to remain a cabinet Christian is the fact that the BBC has refused to play some of the records of Sir Cliff. He must live in fear of being portrayed as a Christian fanatic by the media, as Mr Blair wishes to epitomise laic and cool Britannia.

 

U.S. Army Soldiers of Alpha Troop, 27th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team run up the staircase of a building to over watch positions during a good neighbor mission in Mosul, Iraq, Sept. 19, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Hubenthal) (Released)

In the case of Iraq, not only has Mr Blair precipitated a disastrous war but his reason for war was based on flawed and bogus arguments. No evidence has been discovered of weapons of mass destruction nor of the presence of Al Qaeda in Iraq. For many commentators, these errors should have prompted Mr Blair to step down.

The Iranian seizure of British sailors in March 2007 definitely illustrates how Iraq has been mishandled by Mr Blair. He’s got repeatedly stated he WOn’t support any US action. The Iranian authorities who have now exploited this weakness that was sensed have noted this, and will utilize it to maximum effect. Mr Blair’s strong words about detention and the capture of British troops in Sierra Leone have been forgotten.

The enduring question concerning the Blair age is likely to be that of how he managed to stay in the light of calamitous foreign policy adventures and his belligerent.

Post Deployment Employment Skills

When leaving the military, you might think employment chances for veterans are slim, but there are actually a lot of occupations that are exclusive to you and your skillset. In the US, the department of veteran issues has been working consistently in creating job openings that are exclusive for veterans and their skillsets, people, their partners and siblings. With the official seal of the US department the chance for VA professional occupations has been growing on a daily basis. Whether it be a staff management field or health department the VA job opportunities are exclusive and in high demand. Individuals may also learn more about the wages tendencies and annual yields correlated with their long term increase facets as well as VA occupations. Helping veterans receive the best jobs for their self reliance has become the main target of the majority of elected authorities and not just in the USA.

 

Helping Veterans Get Work

The amount of veterans returning every year is rising, and there are plenty of veterans who are searching for occupations, that’s the reason why lots of private associations and government agencies are working together to make sure that veteran employment opportunities grow. Below are some of the associations and programs which help veterans seek out jobs after they return from war:

VetNet – In November 2012, Google started its own program “vetnet” to empower the veteran campaign with  the release of what could be the biggest on-line hub to help veterans find trainings jobs, mentors and to  link new veterans to other veterans who’ve successfully transitioned to civilian life.

Incline – an impressive start up company that trains technology knowledgeable experts with web development applications which only take a short time to locate businesses that want the services of veterans and their skillsets. It searches through many different fields including translation, IT and medical skills and finds the appropriate jobs. The astonishing thing about this businesses inceptiuon is that it’s run by a 26 year old self made young lady who has traveled around the world. She and her firm’s objective is to help enhance the transition to civilian life following the war and to help veterans try to find veteran employment opportunities.

IT

Technology and the web are without a doubt one of the quickest growing industries now. Its not unreasonable to think that many of veteran employment opportunities are provided in this area. In the last ten years, technological progress has greatly enhanced in the military,  part of the success is credited to the defense ministry.

Many firms in the technical sector offer veteran employment opportunities due to the abilities that military personal develop throughout their stay in the army. Most experts that have extensive expertise in the technological sectors have more opportunities of landing in a secure occupation and bring in a higher salary.

A number of the most famous expert employment opportunities or vacancies which in fact have high income are the following:

IT Program Manager – the demand for this particular occupation will increase by 17% in the next six years. An expert who lands a job as an IT Program Manager can bring in up to $ 90,000 a year. !

IT Advisor – those which possess the knowledge and the skill to be IT advisers for firms can bring in up to $ 70,000 a year. It’s projected the demand for this particular work increases by 20%.

Network Administrator – it’s thought the demand for this particular role increases by 23%. Individuals who have skill as Network Administrator can actually bring in around $ 50, 000 a year. !

 

Monetary Sector

The Wall Street Warfighters is a foundation, which targets helping veterans with physical impairments locate the employment that is best for them. The foundation offers this means as a chance to all or any business leaders to make a favorable effect on the life of the wounded warriors who lost everything to protecting their country. The primary purpose of the Wall Street Warfighters foundation will be to provide the veterans who’d prefer to make a livelihood in the fiscal sector the best instruction. Both business leaders and experts interested in the services provided by the business are welcome to log on to the following web site to learn more: wallstreetwarfighters.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Chehade It’s time to review the foreign policy of the United States Islamic State ISIS

 

The Usa is in conflict with the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL consider hatred participate their ideology. For Al Qaeda, violence is actually a way to a stops; for ISIS, it’s an end by itself.

We must control not just our objectives. Our rhetoric, also, issues more than we think. Once we declare that people may defeat ISIS, what do we mean? What is a sufficient condition to declare victory? We risk involving ourselves in yet another endless conflict except we specify that situation.

The problem begin when The United Condition regime change plan in Syria was immediately in charge of the surge of ISIS during these past 3 years.

The neocons who desire us to get harder on ISIS, including an US assault on Syria, are the same people who not long ago needed that individuals support groups like ISIS to overthrow the Assad government in Syria. US- backed and qualified moderates from your Free Syrian Military joined the Islamist militias including ISIS, getting US guns and training together.

These folks do not have strict information, so their understanding is short and they’re entirely incorrect.

The majority of their proponents, including Western and National employees to Syria and Iraq, can die around the battlefield, but Alqaedais ideological sympathizers usually also change their awareness of building tissues that will strike Developed goals, once we have noticed in Malaysia, Yemen and the tribal regions of Pakistan.

That Saudi Arabia is recognized as an appropriate place to train Syrias potential leaders must be some type of sick joke. While ISIS behead two American correspondents as that’s the repressive theocracy as terrible, was beheading many an unique citizens, usually for relatively minor or religious offenses.

If we want to quit revolutionary terrorists from operating in Iraq and Syria, what about telling our ally Saudi Arabia to stop training and funding them? For instance, what about the Federal government prevents arming and teaching the different rebel groups in Syria and lastly stops its 24-year US war on Iraq.

You will find 200-million people where ISIS is currently functioning highlighting the nations. They are those facing the danger of ISIS action and growth. Let them fight their particular struggle, rather than converting the US military in to the mercenary army of wealthy Gulf states.

Military Tactics Against ISIS Aren’t Enough, the thing is that should younot defeat the suggestions intellectually by eliminating the people though you defeat these ideas militarily, then your ideas will re-emerge.

Americans now face two fights in places they cant even find on the guide.

Faith are based upon peace, and I hope the Americans realize the Jewish, Christians and we ought to regard eachother independent of religion.

President Obama promised that airstrikes alone might degrade and destroy ISIS, however we have got to worry about what comes next.

 

What was Baghdad Like Post-Invasion?

So after the recent attacks, It got me thinking about what Baghdad was actually like before this. I found a Quora  from Wael Al Sallami who answers just that.

“Spanning over 79 square miles, Baghdad is diverse and too large to fit into one image. Additionally it is the second-largest city in Western Asia after Tehran. Houston is ~600 sq miles, to put that into perspective , yet has its population is only around double that of Baghdad.
Baghdad is a crash of two worlds. Urbanization brought the rural farmers into the city a few decades ago, causing a strong battle between two somewhat different cultures with the state–tribalism vs. urbanism. Luxurious houses and lavish hotels just minutes from dwellings encircled by mountains of junk. Porsches and inexpensive Iranian-made Saipas drive alongside each other on the roads.

Most of the infrastructure was built during the 60’s and 70’s. Some infrastructure was built by Saddam during the 80’s, but lots of it was lost during Gulf War I or degraded during the 90’s, and–of course–Gulf War II.

Now, if you lived in Baghdad, you might find driving to work in your 2010 car somewhat unusual. At one point, you’d be driving on a very fine road, with green trees and the lovely Tigris in your side. Afterward, only minutes later, you’d hit on a busy place– an undesirable neighborhood where kids play soccer in the street or perhaps a busy bazaar, not minding the passing traffic. But most importantly, your journey is not going to continue long without reaching a checkpoint.

You see, the approach of fighting car bombers of Baghdad would be to intentionally create traffic jams–that is, large gatherings of machines loaded with petrol.

To that end, they use a hand-held device called the ADE 651, a bogus apparatus promised to have the ability to detect volatile material. The procedure required because of this device to “work” is painfully slow.

Unless of course, you don’t have a permit, which is totally normal, in which case you can present your ID instead you present your permit and registration–,. But you only play along, and it is OK, he’s actually illiterate, so he is going to pretend that he’s capable to read and illustrate having the mental capacity as to know your own name.

Ultimately, it works out that what triggered the apparatus was your regular window cleaner, or your tooth filling, or a cologne, or your car distant, because every one of these are said to trigger the apparatus… and you can now go on with your journey.

Now, as you go from one neighborhood to another, you will find that each and every building that questions (ministries, elaborate resorts, etc.) and all the busy regions are encircled with high T-wall fences, some with pictures painted on them and stylish square planters near them in a hopeless attempt to make them less dull and blue. None of those locations had said T-walls prior to 2003, and the fact they do now means that every one of them endured a bombing attack and many were killed.

Four, five, or ten checkpoints after, you reach your destination. And if you chance to work for the authorities, then you’re most likely to spend a really unproductive day attempting to do as little as you could get away with. You might as well take two-hour lunch breaks like everyone else, that they should go wait in that other long line, and while people are waiting in line for you yourself to tell them that what they needed isn’t in your job description.

A couple of hours afterwards, because you have an empty tank you get off work and, unless there’s a fuel crisis, which really occurs a lot in the nation renowned for oil, you go to a gas station to fill – up well. If that’s the case, you would have to wait for a few hours in line for gasoline.

And then you get home. Grid electricity’s out, but that’s okay; you have a subscription with a “neighborhood generator” that runs 6 hours/day.”

It just goes to show what a mess we’ve caused and what the Iraqi people have to endure.

The War in Iraq, Was It Just?

America, under the impression that Iraq of possessing weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), invaded the latter in the first quarter of 2003 when it neglected to present its possession. The all out war was waged by the superpower despite the incongruity with fellow United Nations (UN) members including Germany and France. Iraq, as supposed, did put up a fight but was no match for the assault of the US military forces and that of the British, dubbing their group as the “Coalition Forces”. !

Nevertheless, recent events have come to demonstrate that the US might have bitten off more than it could chew as victims to as the statement on the towering variety of Coalition soldiers as good as expenses for war skyrocketed. A political vacuum was continuing for the empty position of head of state of the new government. Most importantly, the legality of their “justified” war lies in question.

Based on Conway Henderson, writer of “International Relations: Conflict and Cooperation at the Turn of the 21st Century”, a just war is one in which force is used in light of moral reasons and means. It’s fought with a group of states supplying support for the good of all, no matter their immediate national interests are at stake and terminating aggression. Henderson enumerated the directing principles pertaining to a just war and is used below to evaluate the nature of the US-led invasion to Iraq:

The cause must be just. Also called “Operation Iraqi Freedom”, the war in Iraq in 2003 was waged by the US to pressure the considered cradle of civilization to surrender its WMDs. Apart from that objective, the US additionally targeted to “democratize” Iraq, thus liberating it from the 25-year rule of an Iraqi despot which is Saddam Hussein.

It can be remembered that during the Persian Gulf War of 1991, the United Nations observed the Iraqi approval of a ceasefire deal, the latter consenting to the destruction of its biological and chemical weapons and accepting to pay war damages to Kuwait. UN inspectors were afterwards assigned to supervise the destruction of the aforementioned WMDs. The international organization carried on its sanctions against Iraq to ensure that it complied with the truce. Nevertheless, it refused to act in accordance with the conditions of the treaty. In 1999, the UN supposed that Saddam Hussein had chemical and biological substances to create deadly weapons. Iraq was called to report the WMDs were ruined. On the other hand, the defendant revealed no signs the substances are destroyed.

Iraq has been under the government of Saddam Hussein. Reports reveal which he is a savage tyrant on the world arena for a long time. He’s used others like the Kurds together with chemical weapons on his own people. Hussein invaded Kuwait over a decade past and he set fire on oil fields, not ruining natural resources but also carrying one of the worst environmental disasters in several years, when driven out by the US forces. This goes to demonstrate that Hussein does not have any consideration for independence and human life.

A lawful authority must determine to use force. America is a valid power that’s in charge of protecting its citizens and interests. US President George W. Bush has the constitutional power and responsibility to protect his state even if it means the use of military force. !

The United Nations, on the other hand, is a lawful international body, responsible for the maintenance of international peace and protection. However, relevance and its power was challenged when it was circumvented by the US purportedly by invading Iraq. The US unilateral military action was seemingly sidestepping the principles of the UN Charter, leaving the UN Security Council broken up into a war team – United States, Uk, and Spain – and an opposition team – Germany, France, Russia, and China, with eight other members backing neither camps. It was reported that the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan remarked the choice of the US to wage war is distressing for himself who believes in collective action. !

Using force must be a final resort. It can be evoked that in the ceasefire arrangement of the Persian Gulf War of 1991, Iraq was given enough time to ruin its WMDs, aware of the possible danger of the latter to mankind. Its failure functioned as a motive and was brought up in giving Saddam Hussein ultimatum. However, the defendant did not act properly, and jointly with the debacle on discussions, war became the resort that was continuing to solve the case.

The war must offers proportionality. The United States was successful in toppling the Iraqi dictator. Saddam Hussein was caught in the last quarter of 2003. However, the Coalition Forces’ casualties continue to escalate as the ward continues. Coalition troops now face a guerrilla war conducted by the members of the Iraqi Republican Guard and the Saddam Feyadeen who escaped the “Invasion Phase” to fight another day in another manner. Additionally, the fund needed in rebuilding Iraq went sky high, therefore, the US had to seek financial assistance from other developed nations. Most importantly, no WMDs have been reported to have surrendered.

The war must carry out a chance of achievement. “Operation Iraqi Freedom” may be considered unsuccessful. The established leader of Iraq may have lost power. The “democratization” procedure might also be coming to light, with the setup of a democratic authorities jointly with the reconstruction of war torn Iraqi society going on. On the other hand, the war in Iraq is unsuccessful because the US was not able to demonstrate to the international public that Iraq possessed WMDs. Additionally, the Coalition Forces’ casualties continue to increase, with over 500 soldiers dead.

Strategies of war must minimize damage to noncombatants. The utilization of modern weapons by the Coalition Forces for example warplanes, tanks, cannons, and bombs targeted Iraqi installations like ammo warehouses, and airports, communication facilities, bridges. Although casualties were discovered to be inevitable however, civilian places were saved.

The Iraq War of 2003, unfortunately, cannot be considered a “just war”. Despite fulfilling with some of the provisions the Iraq War wasn’t carried out with the UN Charter’s principle of collective security, since the UN Security Council was in a debacle over the problem of America directing the invasion. (Sheena Ricarte, Peace Education course, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, 2004).

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

I’ve been wanting to talk about this for a while as it’s something that really hits home.

It’s been estimated that 30% of Vietnam war veterans, 12% to 20% of veterans of the Iraq war, 6% to 11% Afghanistan war veterans and 10% Gulf war veterans have suffered from Post Traumatic Stress disorder. This really is an anxiety disorder that may develop after exposure to one or more occasions that are frightening.

The history of PTSD date back to the early 1800’s where military physicians started diagnosing soldiers with “exhaustion” following the strain of conflict. This “exhaustion” was defined by mental shutdown due to individual or group injury. Around this time there was a syndrome in England called ‘railway spine’ or ‘railway craze which bares a resemblance to what we call now that is PTSD. Men and women who’d been in the disastrous railway mishaps of that time found this.

In World War I and II the term ‘shell shock’ and combat fatigue’ were terms to describe veterans who demonstrated tension and anxiety after being in fight. The official designation of “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” didn’t come about until 1980 when the 3Rd edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was printed.

This anxiety disorder happens when you’re scared and your body activates the fight or flight response. This reaction to resist releases adrenaline, which is in charge of raising your blood pressure as well as heart rate in addition to raising glucose to muscles (to let you run away fast in the surface of immediate risk). Yet when this risk has gone your body starts to undergo a procedure which shuts down the anxiety reaction and this procedure involves the discharge of some other hormone called cortisol. You may continue to feel the effects of adrenaline in case your body does not create enough cortisol to shut down the anxiety response. Injury sufferers who develop post-traumatic stress disorder frequently have higher amounts of other exciting hormones (catecholamines) under normal conditions where the risk of injury isn’t present. These same hormones kick in when they’re reminded of their injury.

Military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an extremely serious illness with symptoms including self harm, rage, violence and drug addiction along with melancholy. All all these unfortunately impacts a large number of soldiers every year that have serviced in the armed forces and are typical symptoms of Military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Treating Military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is done through fundamental and psychotherapy counselling but has the potential to take lots of patience plus time.

Unfortunately several individuals who are experiencing and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also called ‘war injury’, is said to vastly improve in the the next couple of years because of the variety of soldiers that are fighting in regions like Helmand and Basra. There are worries that the Iraq war is creating more instances of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder than every other battle in decades, among the primary reasons for this is the fact that the violence has been prevalent and exposure to it persistent over long spans of time. The suicide bombers, roadside mines as well as the continuous danger of assault within the Iraq war presents a distinctive challenge to the mental health of the soldiers that are serving in it.

If you’re truly one of these anguish and are considering claiming damages for you enduring then you need to do so immediately. It’s your legal and civil right to file for damages for harms mental and emotional. No one should endure in silence.

How The Military Can Get You Into Shape

One of remaining prerequisites of the military is the fact that you must be superbly healthy, if not, by the end of training you surely will be. The idea is to give you the capacity to run and march for miles over rough terrain while lifting or carrying heavy gear. Military training must be rough to ensure that the strenuous physical tasks involved in the occupation can be handled by a soldier. For this reason military training may be the best in the world at getting you match, although I would not suggest joining the military to use it as a weight loss camp.

Military training includes a mix of cardiovascular training and weight training. Both these regions of fitness training need to done to ensure all round fitness. The military have many various kinds of exercises you could do to contain into your fitness plan. I am certain in case you have been working out for a while that there are times when you lose interest. It is simple to become bored with doing the same old routines over and over again. It’s extremely essential that you just include a lot of variety in your fitness regime remain committed to your fitness targets and to make sure that you keep inspired.

For this particular post I’m really going to supply details on a routine that’s among the key exercises in military training. The great advantage of the exercise with many military exercises is the fact that you don’t require any exercise equipment. You can perform this exercise in the comfort of your house for several minutes a day.

The Burpee

It is a well-known and successful exercise that’s used a good deal in basic military training. The burpee is extremely powerful as it objectives the upper and lower body and includes training several distinct muscles groups.

To start the exercise that is burpee gets in to a standing position with your feet shoulder width component. Your knees flexing and drop your body in the direction of the earth. When your hands make contact with all the surface of the earth, power your legs in a backward movement that is trusting. At this point your body will really be in same place like you were about to do a push up. Ensure that your belly region pulled in and your back and legs are straight. Shove on your knees back in towards you torso, go back to the standing position and lift both your hands.

Before any exercise makes sure you warm up to decrease the chance of harm. For those who are in possession of a health condition or harm subsequently consistently consult with physician or a doctor for advice before doing any new kind of exercises.

How I Became Interested In The Armed Forces

With all of the unrest across the globe, people thought I was crazy to consider the armed forces as a career move. “Aren’t you scared you’ll be sent to a war zone?” they asked me. Yep, I sure am scared of getting shot at, but I’ll get to shoot back, and that’s a big plus in my book. My job in lawn care services is OK, but if you don’t own the business you don’t make as much money.

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ben Davis (right), 2nd platoon leader and an Ankeny, Iowa resident, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Peter Moeller (left) and U.S. Army Sgt. Kris Rude, both residents of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, all combat engineers with 832nd Engineers Company attached to 1st squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, provide security for fellow Soldiers during a patrol in the Dolatshi Village Dec. 2. The platoon visited the village to conduct a patrol to ensure security within the village. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Kristina L. Gupton, Task Force Wolverine Public Affairs)

Beginning Pay

The starter pay for the army is only £14,637. But, you know what, that’s about what I make working for the lawn care company. That rate increases by £3,500 just by the time you reach level 1 – which is a pretty good pay raise. Even better, by the time you make it to Level 9 of Lance Corporal, you’re making £25,000 a year, maybe even £29,947. That’s after 3 to 5 years. I’ve been trimming hedges and mowing lawns for 6 years, since I was 15, and I’m not making anywhere near that amount.

Career Pay

From what I understand, if I keep my nose clean I’ll have a chance at a good career in the military. Advancement to Sergeant can happen in the first 10 years, with opportunities for longer enlistments. A level 7 Sergeant can make as much as £38,215 year. That’s pretty good for someone starting off with no more skills than a public school education and the ability to operate an edger.

Benefits

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Even if I don’t decide to stay indefinitely in the army, I will still reap the benefits of being a veteran. Ex-military have a lot of help in finding jobs throughout the UK, due to the resettlement programs available. The amount of help you get depends on how long you were in the military, but in general, if you have had military training, you have a good chance of a successful career as a policeman or in the security industry. You are also a good candidate for management training, if you have achieved any rank at all. That is because you’ve already had training in self discipline as well as courses in ethics, which are important for all managers.

While I’m not sure I would want to be an armed body guard after military service, I know I would be interested in IT security.

Job Training

You can also get job training in the military. Ex-military often go into engineering once they leave the service. Governments, medical facilities, and many large businesses employ IT technicians and safety engineers with a military background. Basically, if you have the strength of character to succeed in the military, you will be seen as an asset to any business.

Other job training you can get in the military is in the building trades. Veterans have a good work ethic, so we are prized as apprentices in plumbing, construction, and other trade industries. Who knows, I may even come out of this with the know how to have my own lawn service company!

The Syrian War Bluff

Millions of pounds and thousands of lives have been spent in the Syrian war. The Americans have been screwing around in the area far too long, with Obama making repeated threats to put “boots on the ground.” The world knows he is all bluff, and most non-Americans consider him to be a supporter of Muslim civil war, supplying arms first to one side of the conflict and then to the other. His renowned referral to ISIS as “the JV team” only furthers the lack of respect in his threat assessment skills, while other countries, such as Russia and France, are pushed to the front lines of the advancing assault of ideals and culture.

The US stepped up air attack against the terrorist group – a term Obama refuses to use in connection with ISIS – with as many as 56 attack in just one week. However, American military pilots are now going against their Commander in Chief and revealing shocking ROE, or Rules of Engagement, that render many of their attacks harmless.

Russia, on the other hand, has stepped up attacks on ISIS and Syrian targets. First came the attack on a Russian airliner, resulting in the deaths of 224 people. And now, Turkey has stepped into the fray by shooting down a Russian fighter jet that had the audacity to fly across a corner of their airspace. To further the outrage and human toll, they reportedly slaughtered the crew members as they parachuted to earth. Reports are that now, despite its denial, Russia has ground troops in Syria.

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Predictably, Obama sided with the Turks. So far, out of the long list of allies to the United States, these are only “allies” he has recognized.

Now, Muslim extremists have attacked France. France’s response is to be expected, with air strikes against their enemies.

And, all along, Obama says that he is going to send ground troops to Syria. This type of policy shift would prove suicidal for his political party in the US. He campaigned and gained election by promising to withdraw American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and by promising to close Gitmo, the notorious prisoner of war camp located in Cuba. When he sent troops back into the war zone, it cost hundreds of liberal politicians their political careers, with conservatives taking control in many of the local, state, and national elections during the next cycle. There is no possibility that he will send ground troops to Syria, where the US has no national interest at all. And, at this point, who needs them?

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The US administration has forced the resignation of most of the experienced military leaders and pared down its own forces. A majority of Americans even think their president had the famous Seal Team 6 killed in a helicopter wreck, after taking down Bin Laden. The American ROE precludes any real help they might offer on the ground, just as it does from air support.

In the meantime, the Syrian war continues, costing money and lives.