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Captain cleared by court martial

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Tragic – Pte John Lomas, 22, of 2 LSR, who died in a rafting accident during adventurous training in June 2012An Army officer who led an adventurous training expedition in which a private died while white-water rafting in Austria has been cleared of negligently performing a duty.

Capt Eddy Foster, of Gütersloh-based 2 Logistic Support Regiment RLC, had organised his first AT exercise when he and 20 members of his regiment headed to the REME lodge in Bavaria in June 2012.

During one of the water-based activities, Pte John Lomas, 22, drowned after the inflatable raft he was in capsized on the Inn River. It was an activity that required participants to have passed the military swimming test (MST).

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Future force on track

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The MoD says it is on track to meet its planned total of 35,060 Reservists by 2018/2019.

A year ago the Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, announced the publication of the Reserves’ White Paper. It set out how defence aims to enhance the capability and strength of the Reserves and better integrate them with the regular component.

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Dare to say no

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RMP DARE Officers CourseHQ BFG recently sponsored a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Officers course that took place at Bielefeld Primary School between June 3 and June 12, 2014. 

The course was delivered by Lifeskills Education CIC the recognised providers of DARE programmes.

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Army saves millions with vehicle repairs

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Normally when a vehicle suffers major damage in a road traffic accident or as a consequence of  an improvised explosive device, it is likely to be scrapped or used to provide spare parts for maintenance of other vehicles.

However, a process unique to British Forces Germany which involves its civilian workshops and military personnel working closely with their German industry partners is changing this.

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