2012
04.07

The Sun
24 June 2012

As Armed Forces day nears, SAS legend says civvy street must hire ex-soldiers

By ANDY MCNAB, Sun Security Adviser

JUST back from Afghanistan visiting our troops, I look at the ex-services employment figures and feel desperately frustrated.

It seems particularly difficult for Forces leavers to find work at present and it is not simply down to the recession.

While most of our country stands by “Our Boys and Girls”, there is still a lot of confusion about the day-to-day roles of our servicemen and women within the Army, Navy and RAF.

And a lack of understanding as to what skills they might bring to the table once they have left the services.

Some smart businesses get it. But the majority still view service leavers merely as employees who are good at taking orders, even to the point of being robotic.

They don’t see beyond the camouflage-covered face of the infantry soldier or the old black and white war films they used to watch when they were younger.

They don’t see how the experience of leading men and women or working as part of a strong team translates to a “real world” job. The two most frequently asked interview questions are: “What makes you think running around a desert qualifies you for this job?” or the popular “So, did you kill anyone?”

The problem is bosses in civvy street massively under-estimate the work and leadership skills which make ex-servicemen and women a great recruit.

Service leavers are not victims. They do not want charity. They just want fair access to work.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

2012
04.07

The Sun – 27 June 2012
A gesture too far?
Queen to shake hands with ex-IRA boss

THE QUEEN is today expected to shake hands with former IRA commander Martin McGuinness during her Diamond Jubilee tour of Northern Ireland.

The meeting with the Stormont Deputy First Minister is a milestone in Anglo-Irish relations. While many see it as strengthening peace, others – on both sides – find it unpalatable.
Here are two opposing views.

YES

By Andy McNab, ex-SAS in Northern Ireland

When the Queen shakes the hand of terrorist-turned-politician Martin McGuinness, it will still be dripping with the blood of more than 3,300 men, women and children killed by Irish terrorists.

That is over 300 murders more than al-Qaeda inflicted during the 9/11 attacks.

There must be reconciliation. Otherwise, the wounds of what politicians like to call “The Troubles” (it felt more like a bloody and grim war to me) will never heal.

That is already happening, at a speed no one dreamt of.

So before we go all cuddly over the fact that McGuinness is moving the peace process forward, think again.

This meeting has nothing to do with reconciliation but all to do with using the Queen to strengthen McGuinness and his party, Sinn Fein, across the whole of Ireland. McGuinness is soon to step down as a Westminster MP and plans to concentrate on Irish politics.

This meeting between him and the Queen will endorse him as a credible future leader of a united Ireland.

There wasn’t a single year in my 18 years of service in the infantry and SAS that I wasn’t involved in that dirty war fought in the shadows.

I had friends killed and injured and I’m not the only one who hasn’t forgotten. The families of those shot dead or blown to pieces on the streets of Belfast and Derry or in the bandit country of South Armagh haven’t.

More security forces were killed in combat year on year in Northern Ireland than Afghanistan, and the wounded still live with life-changing injuries.

This handshake is far too much, too soon, for many who experienced the so-called Troubles.

Go here for the full article and the NO by Michael Gallagher

 

2012
25.06

Former SAS soldier and author Andy McNab has paid a visit to the Army Foundation College in Harrogate to encourage education and reading among junior soldiers.

2012
29.05

The sequel to the bestselling novel War Torn will be published in July (according to Amazon)…

Writing with Kym Jordan, Andy McNab has created a stunning sequel to his bestselling novel War Torn which detailed the lives of a close-knit team of soldiers fighting on the frontline in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, and those of their loved ones left behind at base in England.

Like its predecessor, Battle Lines is at once a gritty, close-to-the-action, present day thriller and an involving look at the stresses and strains which divided families and relationships suffer when separated by thousands of miles and a wealth of experience.

This is real life, brought brilliantly to life, by Andy McNab, whose continued involvement with the men and women of the British Army gives this extraordinary novel its authenticity, its toughness and its heart.

Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Bantam Press (19 July 2012)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0593065271
ISBN-13: 978-0593065273

2012
24.05

It’s hard to see this picture and not think about that cold night 22 years ago when eight brave men, three of whom would not return, boarded a Chinook and headed out on a mission that would go down in history.
Chinook helicopter at night

2012
04.04

BBC Today
27 March 2012

Two British soldiers have been killed in the big British barracks at Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, by an Afghan wearing a military uniform.

An American soldier was killed in a separate attack in eastern Afghanistan by a man believed to be part of a village-level fighting force being fostered by the Americans.

One-in-seven international military fatalities in Afghanistan this year has been caused by Afghan soldiers turning their arms on the men who thought they were comrades.

Author and former SAS officer Andy McNab has just returned from Helmand and told the Today programme’s Sarah Montague that “even the Afghan National Army (ANA) are targets,” pointing out that the brigade commander does not go anywhere without his bodyguard.

Go here to listen to the BBC Today item with Andy McNab