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Rocket Banana
May 28, 2014 9:18 am

“Our first priority is to defend our nation and its people.”

Thank goodness for that.

Hopefully that doesn’t mean using a bomb truck for air defence anytime soon.

Peter Elliott
May 28, 2014 9:22 am

Did sound like a lot of waffle to me I’m afraid.

Peter Elliott
May 28, 2014 9:36 am

Certainly compared to the brutal honesty of Vice Admiral Simon Lister’s article this speech does come accross as “normal jogging will continue”

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
May 28, 2014 10:20 am

I won’t bother to listen from the other posters comments.

Government spokesman again.

mike
mike
May 28, 2014 10:50 am

Just like our Naval “Strategy” posted last week…. a lot of the same stuff. Kinda sounds like a broken record.

I expect the Army to have their turn in a few days/week time

Martin
Editor
May 28, 2014 12:16 pm

I thought the RAF’s only plan was to f**k the navy and get Tornado to carry out troop transport.

Topman
Topman
May 28, 2014 12:44 pm

@ Martin

You left off keeping Hilton in business.

martin
Editor
May 28, 2014 12:48 pm

@ Topman

Hilton? I thought it was the Hyatt the RAF always stayed in :-)

No doubt this was the comments made by the Air Marshall when he said we must all be aware of operating in a constrained financial environment.

RAF translation – Next time you are looking in the mini bar leave the single malt alone and drink the bells instead and no more pay per view porn on the company ticket :-)

mike
mike
May 28, 2014 1:06 pm

@ Martin

Indeed, we need to be accountable… whilst the RN’s minibars are all labelled under that loosest of all terms; “ship running costs” ;)
Not to mention the sailing to the Caribbean around some tax haven locations… hmmm, perhaps that was why we stopped over at Bermuda whilst transitioning to Red flag!? Its all falling into place.

The funds for Fly Navy stickers and RAF Regiment climbing walls has to come from somewhere!

Perhaps the Army should look into moving a small battalion to the Caribbean… for training purposes.

A Clever One
A Clever One
May 28, 2014 1:08 pm

Youtube video as a Command Plan?

What is this a money saving method?

Topman
Topman
May 28, 2014 1:29 pm

@ Martin

Don’t worry things haven’t got that bad yet.

@ Mike

‘perhaps that was why we stopped over at Bermuda whilst transitioning to Red flag!?’

Nope still used, and very nice it is too ;)

Martin
Editor
May 28, 2014 1:34 pm

@ Mike – The Army got Belize and Cyrpus, more than enough cheap places to get pissed. actually the lack of a Hyatt in the FI probably explains why the Army and not the RAF regiment guard MPA :-)

x
x
May 28, 2014 2:15 pm

I hope the RAF Reg chap at the start of that video gets a better grade at his next assessment than O-, perhaps an L- at least?

Making him wear his grade where all can see it is a bit cruel too.

Chris.B.
Chris.B.
May 28, 2014 2:49 pm

“Making him wear his grade where all can see it is a bit cruel too.”

— Must be part of a fancy new motivational strategy ;)

mike
mike
May 28, 2014 3:07 pm

,

indeed… perhaps that’s why the RAF and RN dont invite the Army when they go for a visit to the Caribbean…. gotta have somewhere to escape the ‘middle aged’ service… then again, I am talking about some dodgy book-keeping, with those loose tax laws of theirs.

Worst case scenario, all those drugs the RN busts could help keep those rivers when the Amazons come into service ;D

Oh man, now I can’t wait for the Army to announce *its* future strategy now… this is fun. The RN did it in an old fashioned paper, the RAF tried to be kool and post it on you-tube… the Army? Perhaps in song or in using its troops drill to spell it out.

Mark
Mark
May 28, 2014 3:10 pm

“stopped over at Bermuda whilst transitioning to Red flag!?’

On arrival in Bermuda I thought it was practise to spill stuff over the runway to get an extra day on the beach too…. :)

x
x
May 28, 2014 3:58 pm

@ Chris B

It’s harsh though isn’t it dude?

I mean what if the Taliban saw him?

Phil
May 28, 2014 5:48 pm

One of those weirdisms of the forces. Everyone writes their bloodgroup on their kit. But it’s never relied on to give blood. Knowing this, I still did it.

Institutionalised.

Red Trousers
Red Trousers
May 28, 2014 6:20 pm

Phil,

I may be suffering a delusion here, but is it not that you cannot receive blood of certain types if you have some other type? Rather than so that you can be quickly identified as a suitable donor.

That said, it is an institutionalised habit. I certainly did it, despite A Negative being on my dog tags. These days they all seem to have glitzy woven badges with their blood groups velcro’d onto their smart new combats. I had to use a lumocolour with a stencil to make a neat job of the lettering!

Phil
May 28, 2014 6:57 pm

Until a blood test is done, nobody gets anything except Universal Donor Blood which is carried in Shock Packs on the MERT and would (should) be available forward in forward surgical complexes (they change the name all the time). Type specific is usually back at R2E or R3 depending on the theatre.

Donors will also be tested and are usually screened beforehand and added to the Emergency Donor Panel which was activated quite regularly.

It is a completely pointless bit of information and it doesn’t matter how urgent things are, it is simply not believed. Neither are ID discs. I was cutting around with the SSMs Osprey on for 3 months of my tour which would have meant bad news for me if they believed the blood type written all over it!

The bloody type fashion thing went silly on HERRICK – blokes would have velcro patches on their day sacks, gloves, helmets, just about anywhere they could. All thoroughly chinned off by medics.

Chris
Chris
May 28, 2014 7:10 pm

Phil, RT – ref blood types – O Negative is the most useful because its compatible with everyone no matter what blood type they might be. So O -ve will be what’s inside the packs carried by the medics. http://www.blood.co.uk/about-blood/blood-group-basics/o-neg/

Phil
May 28, 2014 7:22 pm

Yes, universal donor blood type ;-)

Medics don’t carry blood.

Brian Black
Brian Black
May 28, 2014 7:42 pm

“Medics don’t carry blood”

Is that eight pints of jam in your veins, Phil?

Phil
May 28, 2014 8:14 pm

That’s wine!

paul g
May 28, 2014 8:35 pm

O- is the only blood they will use if they have to operate on new born babies. I’m O- and get the phone calls to donate all the time (53 so far) funny ol’ thing when I returned from GW1 and tried to donate, after reading out what jabs I had they told me to bugger off for 3 years!!!

Red Trousers
Red Trousers
May 28, 2014 8:44 pm

We all had anthrax jabs in GW1. Sodding great horse needle it was, disabled your arm for days. And NAPS tablets, which induced D&V for a couple of days until you got used to them. Not fun.

Then again, in a medical exercise I was nominated as having a leg blown off. The (Regimental, not professional) medics shoved a drip in me and took me on a 20 km Samaritan ride which took nearly 2 hours, and when we got to the RAP the Doc triaged me as hopeless. Waste of time he said, I’d probably have bled out in reality. We were all 3 a bit down-hearted by this, and I insisted on commanding the ambulance back to the Squadron, as part of the problem was that they’d got lost on route. Navigation was never the forte of the regimental medics.

Chris.B.
Chris.B.
May 28, 2014 11:08 pm

@ x,

“It’s harsh though isn’t it dude? I mean what if the Taliban saw him?” – Sometimes a bit of tough love goes a long way. Look on the bright side though, a lot of his colleagues would have scored O’s as well, so he won’t feel left out. And a good amount will have A’s and B’s so they can help out the slower ones ;)

Observer
Observer
May 28, 2014 11:21 pm

You got enough O-neg to use it for everyone? Impressive.

I used to be in charge of the blood bank in a hospital. O-neg was one of the rare blood packs where you really “DO NOT TOUCH!!” unless the patient is nearly bled out, your normal ordered stock for that specific patient is depleted, that he lost enough blood that plasma expanders/Ringers Solution can no longer keep his BP up and your standby emergency O-pos has been depleted, THEN you are allowed to use the ONE O-neg pack that is kept for emergencies.

As for the blood type on ID, don’t trust it. It only takes a short time to do an agglutination test, seconds at most, and blood type cockups on ID is very common, not to mention your blood type can change under some circumstances. Fun fact. After a bone marrow transplant, your blood type actually changes to that of the donor’s. This has contributed to at least one death that I know of. Guy from the Philippines did a marrow transplant in Singapore and went home. Got involved in an accident and the hospital did not do a check but just used the old blood type written on his ID, died.

Another fun fact. Muslims are the most consistent blood donor group with the largest participation in blood donation drives out of all the other demographics in religion or ethnicity. It’s part of their mindset. So when ever they end up fasting, it becomes lean times for the blood bank over here.

Phil
May 29, 2014 7:37 am

Not everyone got universal donor. A clinical judgement would be made if they needed blood now or if they could wait for type specific. Gold standard was to move to type specific as early as possible. The blood tests would take a couple of minutes in BSN, if that.

Rocco
Rocco
May 29, 2014 9:24 am

@Observer is that because of how useful O Neg is, or some other reason?

As an O Neg person myself, I’d be happy if it wasn’t dished out!!

Observer
Observer
May 29, 2014 11:15 am

Rocco, small population, both in the country sense and in the percentage of O-neg donors sense. It’s a persistent problem, but not as bad as it used to be. There was once decades past where the grand total of O-neg blood in the national reserve was 8 pints. I remember the common advice then in the army if you were O-neg. 1) Get a desk job and 2) Don’t get hurt. That was before I entered, somewhen in the 80s.

I’m rather surprised at the number of O-neg posters on this site, it’s a pretty high %.

Edit: Did some checking up, I see the problem now. European % of O-neg is about 5-10% of the population. Mongoloid population % is something like 0.5%. Guess the Chinese had more time to mix well and get it out of a larger fraction of the population.

Rocco
Rocco
May 29, 2014 9:18 pm

@ Observer

Interesting. In NZ the O Neg population is around 9%. Wiki tells me that compares to 5% in Ireland, 6.6% in the USA and 7% in the UK.

I’m grateful I didn’t need a transfusion when I was in Mongolia….