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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Finding Work After The Army

Finding Work After The Army

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When you leave the military, you are actually facing a career change. And, changing jobs is never easy. Then, you mix the intensity and responsibility of army life with the relatively non-threatening life of the civilian, and you find yourself need to make even bigger adjustments. But there are aids in finding work after the army, and in adjusting to non-military life.

Forces Resettlement

The EU offers forces resettlement help for those leaving the military. Among other things, you will have access to information on job markets. You’ll also be able to get retraining, geared toward training you to use the skills you learned in the military and using them in civilian settings. If you have spent at least 4 years in the military, you can get help with resettlement.
Your resettlement help may even extend to 2 years after you leave the forces. You can have access to a career consultant who will help you to determine the best job market for your personality and skills. You’ll also get valuable information on job availability and relocation.

Areas Of Training

Your skills will probably fit into one of 3 categories: engineering, building trades, or management. Engineering skills are those necessary for people wanting to go into IT work, becoming an electrician, or other such skills. With managerial skills, you’ll find employment in the fields of police work, project management, facilities management, or as a bursar. Building trades are just that: painting, plastering, construction, and other trades.
You’ll receive training aimed at making you successful in the civilian market with these trades.

Other Ways To Find Work

Veterans Day Ceremony

Keep in mind that many companies prefer to hire veterans. In the U.S., the federal government will hire a veteran first. This is out of loyalty for your service, and, very wisely, out of recognition of your willingness to be trained and to work.
There are also organizations all over Europe and the U.S. that help veterans find employment. They will help you to write a professional resume, for starters. These organizations will also help you to post your resume in desired job postings.
They will also help you as you search for jobs, both through individual counseling and online searches. These organizations will also have a media center that matches employees with potential employers. You’ll fill out a profile, and the jobs that fit the profile will come up.
Career fairs are another way to find a job. The organizations that offer help to veterans also have career fairs and job fairs that will give you an opportunity to meet up with potential employers.

Help For Family Members

Most of the help available to you is also available to your family members. This will apply to former spouses who are eligible, for trailing spouses, widows and widowers, dependents, and civilians with the Department of Defense.

Security Clearance

Finally, keep in mind that if you had any kind of security clearance in the military, you could qualify for a civilian job requiring security clearance quite easily. There is always a search for this type of employee in the fields that require security clearance.