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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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DECEMBER 21st its the Year of DOOOM!!!!!
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Military way of saying enjoy you last Christmas worth celebrating. Not that there won't be more dec 25's on this earth but no one will feel like celebrating.

I don't think dec 21 2012 will be anything special but extrapolating from what I see in the world we are going downhill fast and things are going to get worse before they get better
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12/02/2012 12:51 PM
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My plan to invade and usurp England is coming together. I plan to merge it with Belize by towing them together using strong magnets.
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12/02/2012 12:53 PM
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I havent had time to read it all but is this giving the army holidays over the Christmas period or in the run up to 21 Dec?
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12/02/2012 01:17 PM
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I havent had time to read it all but is this giving the army holidays over the Christmas period or in the run up to 21 Dec?
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21 days paid leave.
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I havent had time to read it all but is this giving the army holidays over the Christmas period or in the run up to 21 Dec?
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Its a little more than that. Its literally giving ALL of the forces in the United Kingdom and overseas bases an extra leave - all at the same time. It is totally unprecedented. They are literally going to leave the bases empty. Saying it is to save on 'the bills', but as many have pointed out that is a load of crap.
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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?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 20393570


This is the only post I've read in this thread.. and my immediate thought was.... Wow! at least these people will be at home with their families if something does go down!

Good for them!
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12/02/2012 01:37 PM
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I havent had time to read it all but is this giving the army holidays over the Christmas period or in the run up to 21 Dec?
 Quoting: strikeforce


21 days paid leave.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 20855969


lol

we're so fucked
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12/02/2012 01:38 PM
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Soldiers told to 'work from home'

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Soldiers told to 'work from home'

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Yeah wtf
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12/02/2012 01:39 PM
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Soldiers told to 'work from home'

cruise
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What are they going to do? Kill the neighbors?
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12/02/2012 01:45 PM
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[link to uk.news.yahoo.com]

Another failed thread.

GLP Effect .........................

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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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"Personnel who are essential to supporting operations will remain on task regardless of this leave period and there will be no impact to the mission in Afghanistan."
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Re: British Army closes bases over Christmas! Soldiers told to 'work from home'! 2012 doom?
Well, I've now had a chance to read all 4 pages of posts and still say:

This will give the military personnel the opportunity to be home with their families, if anything does go down.

God knows, we've all heard about the Dec 21/12 date and it's multitude of meanings.

Too bad all military personnel around the world, from all countries, weren't given the same directives. I'm sure they would enjoy being with their families as well at this time.
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[link to uk.news.yahoo.com]

Another failed thread.

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hfhfhf
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Ah well doom off hf
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"Personnel who are essential to supporting operations will remain on task regardless of this leave period and there will be no impact to the mission in Afghanistan."
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28668328


For the name of the LORD, does anybody really knows wtf

the mission in Afghanistan means???????????
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[link to uk.news.yahoo.com]

Another failed thread.

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hfhfhf
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28917376


Ah well doom off hf
 Quoting: strikeforce


WTF are you on about?
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[link to uk.news.yahoo.com]

Another failed thread.

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hfhfhf
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28917376


Ah well doom off hf
 Quoting: strikeforce


Why is this a failed thread? What does that story say that the original one I posted doesn't?

Thanks for the pin Mods.
Anonymous Coward
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12/02/2012 01:56 PM
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Nothing will happen. They are giving the soldiers a thankyou for their hard work
Anonymous Coward
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"Personnel who are essential to supporting operations will remain on task regardless of this leave period and there will be no impact to the mission in Afghanistan."
 Quoting:

 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28668328


For the name of the LORD, does anybody really knows wtf

the mission in Afghanistan means???????????
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1480588


I wouldn't want to be one of "just a few soldiers" left at a base in extremely hostile territory....especially with several weeks of public (enemy) knowledge before everyone packs it in for a 4 week holiday. So, this thread remains highly doomish!
Anonymous Coward
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"Personnel who are essential to supporting operations will remain on task regardless of this leave period and there will be no impact to the mission in Afghanistan."
 Quoting:

 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28668328


For the name of the LORD, does anybody really knows wtf

the mission in Afghanistan means???????????
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1480588


I wouldn't want to be one of "just a few soldiers" left at a base in extremely hostile territory....especially with several weeks of public (enemy) knowledge before everyone packs it in for a 4 week holiday. So, this thread remains highly doomish!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 6245825


None of the personel in afganistan will be affected
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12/02/2012 02:12 PM
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[link to uk.news.yahoo.com]

Another failed thread.

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hfhfhf
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If anything this proved the fax is real .. so what is the "AD 14 Dec 2012 to FP 7 Jan 2012" .. ??

I don't believe that's typo ..

Any military out there to decode it .. ?
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[link to uk.news.yahoo.com]

Another failed thread.

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hfhfhf
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28917376


If anything this proved the fax is real .. so what is the "AD 14 Dec 2012 to FP 7 Jan 2012" .. ??

I don't believe that's typo ..

Any military out there to decode it .. ?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 7125161

but mine was a typo .. : P ..

FP Jan 2013
Anonymous Coward
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12/02/2012 02:15 PM
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Since when does the military need a break from working something as simple as the Olympics and Jubulee?
It's not like they were fighting in a war, or not getting paid to do their job, whatever the assignment.

It's either really about saving some cash or it is a doom scenario.
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12/02/2012 02:19 PM
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Nothing will happen. They are giving the soldiers a thankyou for their hard work
 Quoting: strikeforce


bushfingcupofjoestfu
Don't count ur chickens before they hatch, u stupid shill! This is in preparation for something to happen on December 21!!! U don't find this suspicious at all???
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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.

 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 20393570


Occam's Razor says that the simplest solution (or answer) is usually the right one... so, the British Army is offering extended leave to save money.

Let's face it, the UK are beyond broke, and they're desperate to save any money any way they can.

If the British military were preparing for war or some other serious, large-scale event, their bases would be absolutely alive with activity, and most, if not all leaves would be cancelled.

If there was also a realistic prospect that the UK would be attacked with nuclear weapons or even invaded, troops would be ordered to report for duty, *all* leaves would be cancelled, initial orders would be given, and then orders to disperse troops and materiel would be given.

In fact, the movement of troops and equipment off bases would be impossible to hide or ignore because the scale of activity would simply be massive.

As to the Russians moving two combat brigades to the Norwegian border, this is likely just a routine rotation of troops.

No doom here.
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this has been done before. ever hear how the british lost when they were celebrating christmas in america in the 1700's?
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Nothing will happen. They are giving the soldiers a thankyou for their hard work
 Quoting: strikeforce


Like they don't work hard every year, if it really is time off for working hard durring the olympics the ones doing the proper stuff abroad will see this as an insult.

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