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British Army closes bases over Christmas! Soldiers told to 'work from home'! 2012 doom?

 
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Not sure about this link as it is a paid-for site (The Sunday Times) - [link to www.thesundaytimes.co.uk]

But the intro (sticking to forum fair-use percentage rules) says

"THE British Army has been ordered to take an extended 25-day Christmas holiday or “work from home” in an attempt to cut its gas and electricity bills.

In a move that former military commanders say is unprecedented, a leaked memo from a general says all military and civilian personnel in land forces — amounting to 110,000 men and women — are to take “block leave” for 25 days from December 14 until January 7.

The decision means all army barracks, Territorial Army buildings and other military sites in Britain will close for almost four weeks to provide “an opportunity for utility savings”."


This apples not just to the UK but Germany, Nepal and Brunei, Canada, Belize and Kenya.

So basically all British troops (at least in the UK) will be stationed at their homes around the country for December 2012.

Is this really a cost cutting measure? Or a way to get well-trained troops positioned around the UK without causing panic in preparation for something?
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12/02/2012 05:47 AM
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NICE FUCKING SPOT!
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Check back. See if this has been done before.
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Check back. See if this has been done before.
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Apparently not "Richard Kemp, a former commander of UK ground forces in Afghanistan, said he had never come across anything similar in 25 years of military service."

Anyone who has holidays (vacation) left to take has to take them, but anyone who has no holidays is being told to 'work from home'. How exactly? Set up an assault course in their back gardens?

It applies to all military and civilian staff in the land forces as well as the Royal Navy and the RAF.

Crazy.
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That is very, very strange! WOW.

Good find OP.
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Five stars from down under.
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That's reallly weird.

Hey, mods! I suggest that thread to be pinned.
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Five stars from down under.
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and now, five more stars from the garden at seaside.
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All front line military in the U.K has been placed on a 10 day standby dropping to 3-days next week. Some shit is about to go down.
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All front line military in the U.K has been placed on a 10 day standby dropping to 3-days next week. Some shit is about to go down.
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Link?
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uk Ooooo errr.....
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I served over 9 years in the birtish army stationed in Germany from untill 2007 and have never heard of such a huge block of mandatory holiday period ever being ordered in the past, that is very wierd if it is really true.

not long to go anyway and only time will tell.
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I served over 9 years in the birtish army stationed in Germany from untill 2007 and have never heard of such a huge block of mandatory holiday period ever being ordered in the past, that is very wierd if it is really true.

not long to go anyway and only time will tell.
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Well it's reported in the Sunday Times (not that they *always* get things right generally trustworthy).
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Whoever ordered this is a Marxist enviro tard global warming alarmist.
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i smell natural disasters hiding
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Not good. Very slow mobilization...just like 9/11.
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 5449673


antibs
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what's BS? The story or the link to doom?
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Re: British Army closes bases over Christmas! Soldiers told to 'work from home'! 2012 doom?
Not sure about this link as it is a paid-for site (The Sunday Times) - [link to www.thesundaytimes.co.uk]

But the intro (sticking to forum fair-use percentage rules) says

"THE British Army has been ordered to take an extended 25-day Christmas holiday or “work from home” in an attempt to cut its gas and electricity bills.

In a move that former military commanders say is unprecedented, a leaked memo from a general says all military and civilian personnel in land forces — amounting to 110,000 men and women — are to take “block leave” for 25 days from December 14 until January 7.

The decision means all army barracks, Territorial Army buildings and other military sites in Britain will close for almost four weeks to provide “an opportunity for utility savings”."


This apples not just to the UK but Germany, Nepal and Brunei, Canada, Belize and Kenya.

So basically all British troops (at least in the UK) will be stationed at their homes around the country for December 2012.

Is this really a cost cutting measure? Or a way to get well-trained troops positioned around the UK without causing panic in preparation for something?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 20393570


As an ex British soldier to deliberately position troops and keep it hush is not possible, but the benefits to reduce all bases to skeleton staff have massive cost savings, fuel, food, cleaning the list goes on.
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 5449673


what's BS? The story or the link to doom?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 20393570


Grow up. Times is the sister paper of Sun tabloid and its owned by you know who.
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 5449673


what's BS? The story or the link to doom?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 20393570


Grow up. Times is the sister paper of Sun tabloid and its owned by you know who.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 5449673


And? It's a very respected newspaper. It has nothing to do with The Sun at all apart from the owner. To think otherwise is silly. By all means have a negative view of the MSM but don't try to compare the ST with the Sun. You just look foolish.
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 5449673


what's BS? The story or the link to doom?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 20393570


Grow up. Times is the sister paper of Sun tabloid and its owned by you know who.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 5449673


Yes, but the Times is also one of the oldest and most respected papers in the entire world. This story is quite odd. If 'something' is returning, from up above, you surely don't want all of your troops sitting together as nice targets on bases. As someone else pointed out, it would be impossible to pre-position troops, vehicles, weapons systems and aircraft to a war footing without arousing public panic because of the timing - so getting your most valuable resources (the manpower) to self-disperse all across the nation seems to make a lot of sense.
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i smell natural disasters hiding
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Nope. If it were natural disasters you would have more to benefit from keeping all troops on bases, near to their equipment and vehicles, and easier to organise.

This is a form of pre-invasion dispersal.
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That's exactly as I am reading the story.
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Re: British Army closes bases over Christmas! Soldiers told to 'work from home'! 2012 doom?
Yes, but the Times is also one of the oldest and most respected papers in the entire world. This story is quite odd. If 'something' is returning, from up above, you surely don't want all of your troops sitting together as nice targets on bases. As someone else pointed out, it would be impossible to pre-position troops, vehicles, weapons systems and aircraft to a war footing without arousing public panic because of the timing - so getting your most valuable resources (the manpower) to self-disperse all across the nation seems to make a lot of sense.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 23992770



Sorry, messed up the last post. I meant to reply to this. This is exactly as I see it.
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That's exactly as I am reading the story.
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Glad to see someone else on the same wavelength here! dasbier
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There is also a thread on here about the Russians moving two combat brigades to the Norwegian border - the same area the famous 'Norwegian Spiral' was seen in the sky not so long ago.

If something really is going down then there should be evidence from other countries about subtle preparations and unusual leaves etc. Any Europeans got any info (I tend to give European stories more weight because Americans are always shouting about 'unusual troop movements')?
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Five stars from down under.
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Ditto.

This is very sus!
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The actual military directive. Don't know if you can access it outside the UK.

[link to www.thesundaytimes.co.uk]

An actual facsimile of actual letter.
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