Royal Army Veterinary Corps
The Royal Army Veterinary Corps, known as the Army Veterinary Corps until it gained the royal prefix on 27 November 1918, is an administrative and operational branch of the British Army responsible for the provision and care of animals. It is a small corps; the original Army Veterinary Service within the Army Medical Department was founded in 1796 after public outrage concerning the death of Army horses. John Shipp was the first veterinary surgeon to be commissioned into the British Army when he joined the 11th Light Dragoons on 25 June 1796; the Honorary Colonel-in-Chief is the Princess Royal who has visited RAVC dog-handling units serving in Afghanistan. In late March 2016, the Ministry of Defence announced that Fitz Wygram House, one of the Corps' sites, was one of ten that would be sold in order to reduce the size of the Defence estate; the RAVC provides and cares for dogs and horses, but tends to the various regimental mascots in the army, which range from goats to an antelope. Personnel include veterinary surgeons and veterinary technicians providing medical and surgical care to animals, handlers who train dogs and deploy with them on operational service.
Dogs are used extensively in the theatre of war, are organised within the 1st Military Working Dog Regiment. Horses are used for ceremonial purposes, although the Corps continues to rehearse procedures for the operational deployment of horses; this is explained on its website in these terms: Although there is unlikely be a large requirement for equines in future military operations, there are scenarios where ground conditions, could make pack transport a vital solution to the need. The main location for the RAVC is the Defence Animal Centre based at Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, although staff are spread throughout the Army, they are responsible for explosives and drug search dogs. Its only subsidiary regiment is the 1st Military Working Dog Regiment. Sadie, a black labrador retriever belonging to 102 MWDSU and cared for by handler Lance Corporal Karen Yardley, won the PDSA Dickin Medal in 2007. On 24 July 2008, Lance Corporal Kenneth Michael Rowe of the RAVC and attached to 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment was killed along with his search dog Sasha, during a contact with the Taliban in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
In February 2010, Treo, a black Labrador-Spaniel crossbreed, was awarded the Dickin Medal for services in Afghanistan. In 2011 Lance Corporal Liam Tasker of 104 MWD Squadron was killed in Afghanistan, he was posthumously mentioned in despatches. His Arms Explosive search dog, died shortly afterwards. Theo was posthumously awarded the Dickin Medal on 25 October 2012. A memorial to the RAVC and its predecessors was unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum on 2 May 2014 by the Princess Royal. Seven memorial stones in remembrance of the five dog handlers who lost their lives while serving in Northern Ireland and the two dog handlers who were killed while on operations in Afghanistan have been placed at their base in North Luffenham. Directors-General of the Army Veterinary Department 1897–1902: Veterinary-Colonel Francis Duck, CB 1902–: Major-General Henry Thomson, CB Clabby, Brigadier; the History of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, 1919–1961. London: J. A. Allen & Co. p. 244. Milne, F. J.. "Review of The History of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps 1919–1961".
The Canadian Veterinary Journal. 4: 235. PMC 1695409. Smith, Major-General Sir. A History of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, 1796–1919. London: Baillière & Co. p. 268. Official site
A royal guard describes any group of military bodyguards, soldiers or armed retainers responsible for the protection of a royal person, such as the emperor or empress, king or queen, or prince or princess. They are an elite unit of the regular armed forces, or are designated as such, may maintain special rights or privileges. Royal guards have comprised both purely ceremonial units serving in close proximity to the monarch, as well as regiments from all arms, forming a designated substantial elite and intended for active service as part of the army. An example of the first category would include the Tropas de la Casa Real of the Spanish monarchy prior to 1930, comprising halberderos and a mounted escort. Examples of the second would include the Imperial Guards of the Russian and German Empires prior to 1917-18. Monarchs modeled their royal guards upon those of fellow rulers. Thus, Napoleon I's Garde Imperiale was imitated by his opponent Alexander I of Russia, his Bourbon successor Louis XVIII and his nephew Napoleon III.
The modern Garderegiment Grenadiers en Jagers regiment of the Netherlands and the Escorte Royale of Belgium retain features of uniform and other distinctions that can be traced back to Napoleonic influences. Because of their location, status and nature, royal guards have been able to play a political role beyond their intended military and social ones. In times of revolution, the continued loyalty or defection of such units has played a key part in the outcome of wider unrest. Historical examples were England in 1688, Spain in 1808, Sweden in 1809, France in 1789 and again in 1814-15, Russia in 1917 and Persia in 1906 and again in 1953. Mesedi, in the Hittite Empire Somatophylakes, in the ancient Kingdom of Macedonia Imperial Guard, in the Achaemenid Empire of Persia Praetorian Guard, in the Roman Empire Jovians and Herculians, in late Roman Empire and early Byzantine Empire Jìn Jūn, in the Tang Dynasty of China Excubitors, Hetaireia and the Varangian Guard, in the Byzantine Empire Monaspa, in the Kingdom of Georgia Tobang, in the Goryeo Dynasty of Korea Naegeumwi, in the Joseon Dynasty of Korea ValaShahis, in Mughal Empire Kheshig, in the Mongol Empire Walloon Guards, in Spain.
Maison militaire du roi de France, in the Kingdom of France Leyb-gvardiya, in the Russian Empire Imperial Guard, in Napoleon I's First French Empire Imperial Guard, in Napoleon III's Second French Empire Royal Foot Guard, in the Kingdom of Poland and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth Leibgarde der Hartschier, in the Kingdom of Bavaria Garde Du Corps, in Prussia, Germany Noble Guard and Palatine Guard, in the Holy See until 1970 Corazzieri, in the Kingdom of Italy Personal Cavalry Convoy, in the Principality of Bulgaria and Kingdom of Bulgaria Arcièren-Leibgarde, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire 1700-1918 Trabanten Leibgarde, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918 Hofburgwache in the Austrian Empire. Became the Leibgarde-Infantrerie-Kompanie in 1802. Leibgarde-Reiter-Eskedron in the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918. Konigliche Ungarische adelige Leibgarde Royal Hungarian Crown Guard. In existence under both the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the subsequent Kingdom of Hungary Royal Guard of the Halberdiers, in the Kingdom of Portugal Imperial Guard of the Halberdiers, in the Empire of Brazil Royal Palace Guard, in Belgium Royal Guard in Greece, now the Presidential Guard Romanian Royal Guards, in Romania Royal Guard, in Bahrain Royal Escort, in Belgium Den Kongelige Livgarde and Guard Hussar Regiment Mounted Squadron, in Denmark Konoe Shidan, in Japan Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince, in Monaco Royal Guard, in Morocco Pontifical Swiss Guard, in Vatican City Grenadiers' and Rifles Guard Regiment, Garderegiment Fuseliers Prinses Irene and the Royal Marechaussee in the Netherlands Hans Majestet Kongens Garde, in Norway Royal Guard, in Oman Guardia Real, in Spain Livgardet and Livregementets husarer, in Sweden King's Guard, in Thailand Blues and Royals.
Royal Gibraltar Regiment
The Royal Gibraltar Regiment is the home defence unit for the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. It was formed in 1958 from the Gibraltar Defence Force as an infantry unit, with an integrated artillery troop; the regiment is included in the British Army as a colonial force. In 1999, the regiment was granted the Royal title; the Regiment recruits from Republic of Ireland and the Commonwealth. A reserve force, on the withdrawal of the British Army garrison from the territory in 1991, the regiment was reorganised into an all infantry unit and took over the duties of the resident battalion; the re-roled regiment consisted of a headquarter company and three rifle companies of which B Company is the reserve element with the others being made up of regular soldiers. HQ Company G Company I Company B Company HQ Company is made up of the Artillery Troop, Motor Transport Platoon, Signals Wing, Catering Platoon and Clothing Stores. G Company comprises three regular rifle platoons. I Company is a regular rifle company, but holds the regiment's specialists when manned.
These are: 2 x Recce Sections, 5 x Sniper Pairs, 2 x Machine Gun Sections, 2 x Assault Pioneer/Soldier Sections, 2 x High Assurance Search Teams, 2 x Low Risk Search Teams, The regiment's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Teams B Company consists of three Rifle Platoons. It provides two Sharpshooter Pairs, two Machine Gun Sections and one Low Risk Search Team; the regiment undertakes army ceremonial tasks in Gibraltar. It is responsible for the ceremonial guard of the Governor at his residence the Convent, performing the ceremony of the keys twice a year and the Queens Birthday Parade in Casemates Square, as well as any other Guards of Honour. In March 2001, for the first time, the regiment mounted the guard at Buckingham Palace. In addition to this, The Regiment has fired three 62 Gun Royal salutes at the Tower of London on the occasion of the Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, a duty carried out by the Honourable Artillery Company. In 2012 the Regiment once again provided the Queen's Guard at Buckingham palace during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The regiment is involved with British Military Advisory Training Teams in Morocco, where the regiment has been forging close ties with the Moroccan Forces since 2000. It is Commander British Forces Gibraltar's local defence force; the earliest verifiable historical evidence of local civilians enrolled to defend Gibraltar dates to 24 June 1720 and, by 1755, an armed organisation of local men were mounting guard on the picket line from Bayside to Devil's Tower to prevent soldiers from the garrison deserting across to the enemy. These men were disbanded at the end of the Seven Years' War. During the Great Siege of Gibraltar, 160 local labourers volunteered to take part in the action during the night of 26/27 November 1781, they were tasked with following the advancing troops and assist in the dismantling and demolition of the Spanish batteries and trenches. During the Mahdist War, 100 local men were deployed by the commissariat as transport drivers, known as Los Carreteros Del Rey; the expedition was involved in several battles with the Dervishes.
During a parade held in Gibraltar, the cart drivers were awarded the Egyptian War Medal with a clasp bearing the title ‘Suakin 1885’. During the Second Boer War, in 1900, a group of Gibraltarians offered to form a Local Corps of Volunteers; the suggestion was made. However, the war was over. During World War I, a group of local rowing club members volunteered to take up arms; such was the interest. One of their tasks was to act as stretcher bearers for the many casualties arriving on hospital ships from Gallipoli; the wounded were taken to a number of temporary hospitals. The volunteers obtained recognition from the Governor, General Sir Herbert Miles, on 3 July 1915. Addressing the volunteers at Wellington Front, the Governor said that the Corps had "come into being not because of any official demand but as a result of their patriotic fervour and of their love and respect for the Crown"; the Corps was based at Orange Bastion, with the Headquarters on the ground floor of what is now City Hall. The group moved to Wellington Front.
The volunteers were divided into four rifle companies, A, B, C and D: each was commanded by a Captain, with two subalterns, one Sergeant Major, four Sergeants, eight Corporals, two buglers and about 80 men. The first commanding officer was Major G B Roberts of the Royal Engineers. During the war, the Corps provided reinforcement to assist in the defence of the Rock; the Corps was disbanded on 1 February 1920. In 1938, the Governor General formed a Territorial Artillery unit to help man the anti-aircraft guns on Gibraltar; the Volunteers paraded for the first time on 28 April 1939. Just before the outbreak of the war, more volunteers were called for and men were allocated to the 4th and 27th Coast Batteries of the Royal Artillery as well as to the Royal Signals, Royal Army Service Corps and Royal Army Medical Corps. On the 2 September 1939, the Gibraltar Defence Force was mobilised; the Heavy Anti Aircraft section was attached to 19 AA Battery Royal Artillery and deployed with two 3 inch guns to the Admiralty oil tanks, on the east side of the Rock.
They fired their first shots in anger on 7 July 1940 and from on they were in action against Vichy French and Italian planes, engaging German planes in
Carabiniers (6th Dragoon Guards)
The Carabiniers was a cavalry regiment of the British Army. It was formed in 1685 as the Lord Lumley's Regiment of Horse, it was renamed as His Majesty's 1st Regiment of Carabiniers in 1740, the 3rd Regiment of Horse in 1756 and the 6th Regiment of Dragoon Guards in 1788. After two centuries of service, including the First World War, the regiment was amalgamated with the 3rd Dragoon Guards to form the 3rd/6th Dragoon Guards in 1922; the regiment was first raised by Richard Lumley, 1st Earl of Scarbrough as the Lord Lumley's Regiment of Horse in 1685, as part of the response to the Monmouth Rebellion by the regimenting of various independent troops, was ranked as the 9th Regiment of Horse. Shortly thereafter, Lumley petitioned the Queen Dowager to permit labeling the regiment The Queen Dowager's Horse, which request was granted. In 1690 it was re-ranked as the 8th Regiment of Horse and, after distinguishing itself during the Williamite War in Ireland and in Flanders during the Nine Years' War, it was renamed The King's Regiment of Carabineers in 1692.
The regiment was ranked as the 7th Horse in 1694 and it fought at the Battle of Blenheim in August 1704 and the Battle of Ramillies in May 1706 during the War of the Spanish Succession. The regiment was renamed the His Majesty's 1st Regiment of Carabiniers in 1740 and it took part in the response to the Jacobite rising in 1745, it was transferred to the Irish establishment in 1746 and re-ranked as the 3rd Horse. It was next re-designated the 3rd Regiment of Horse in 1756 and transferred back to the British establishment as the 6th Regiment of Dragoon Guards in 1788, it saw action in Flanders again in 1793 during the French Revolutionary Wars. It became the 6th Regiment of Dragoon Guards in 1826, it saw action at the Siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean War and was deployed to Afghanistan in the late 1870s during the Second Anglo-Afghan War. Following the outbreak of the Second Boer War in South Africa, the regiment was sent there in November 1899, they took part in the relief of Kimberley in February 1900.
After the war ended in June 1902, the Carabiniers was transferred to Bangalore, as part of the Madras command. 500 officers and men left Natal for India that August. In 1906, the regiment took part in the parade at the Grand Durbar, it landed in France at the outbreak of the First World War as part of the 4th Cavalry Brigade in the 1st Cavalry Division on 16 August 1914 for service on the Western Front. It took part in the Battle of Mons in August 1914, the First Battle of the Marne in September 1914, the First Battle of Ypres in October 1914 and the Second Battle of Ypres in April 1915 before going on to see further action at the Battle of the Somme in Autumn 1916, the Battle of Arras in April 1917 and the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917. In October 1922, the regiment was amalgamated with the 3rd Dragoon Guards to form the 3rd/6th Dragoon Guards; the regimental collection is held in the Cheshire Military Museum at Chester Castle. Some items are held by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum at Edinburgh Castle.
The regiment's battle honours were as follows: Early Wars: Blenheim, Oudenarde, Warburg, Sevastopol, Delhi 1857, Afghanistan 1879-80, Relief of Kimberley, South Africa 1899-1902 The Great War: Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914, Messines 1914, Armentières 1914, Ypres 1915, St. Julien, Arras 1917 Scarpe 1917, Cambrai 1917'18, Somme 1918, St. Quentin, Hazebrouck, Bapaume 1918, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Sambre, Pursuit to Mons and Flanders 1914-18; the regiment's colonels were as follows: 1685 Richard Lumley, 1st Earl of Scarbrough 1687 Sir John Talbot 1688 Sir George Hewett, 1st Viscount Hewett 1689 Richard Beverley 1692 Hugh Wyndham 1706 Francis Palmes 1712 Leigh Backwell 1715 Richard Waring 1721 Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon 1727 George MacCartney 1730 Henry Scott, 1st Earl of Deloraine 1731 Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet 1733 Charles Cathcart, 8th Lord Cathcart 1740 Phineas Bowles 1749 Hon. James Cholmondeley 1750 George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville 1757 Louis Dejean 1764 Edward Harvey 1775 Sir William Augustus Pitt 1780 Sir John Irwin 1788 Henry Lawes Luttrell, 2nd Earl of Carhampton 1821 Hon. Robert Taylor 1839 Sir Thomas Hawker 1858 Sir Alexander Kennedy Clark-Kennedy 1860 Sir James Jackson 1868 Sir John Rowland Smyth 1873 Henry Richmond Jones 1880 George Calvert Clarke 1891 Charles Sawyer 1892 Sir Alexander James Hardy Elliot 1902 Sir John Fryer 1917 Henry Peregrine Leader 1922: regiment amalgamated with the 3rd Dragoon Guards to form the 3rd/6th Dragoon Guards The original uniform of the Queen Dowager's Regiment of Horse is recorded as including a red coat lined with green.
In common with other regiments of Horse, cuirasses were worn until 1699. In 1715 the regimental facing colour was changed to pale yellow. In 1768 white lapels were adopted by Royal Warrant. Silver epaulettes were worn by the officers. In 1812 a new model of leather helmet was issued, carrying the title of "6th Dragoon Guards or Carabiniers". In 1861 a complete change of uniform was authorized by Queen Victoria, following the conversion of the regiment to a light cavalry role and appearance. Thereafter until 1914 the full dress of the regiment was dark blue with white facings. Although the designation of Dragoon Guards was retained, the 6th was the only dragoon regiment in the British Army to wear dark blue tunics instead of scarlet. After 1873, a white plume was worn on the brass helmet; the distinctive feature of the collar and cap badges as worn from 1900 and 1902 was the appearance of crossed carbines unde
Royal Dragoon Guards
The Royal Dragoon Guards is a cavalry regiment of the British Army. It was formed in 1992 by the amalgamation of two other regiments: The 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards; the regiment serves as the Armoured Cavalry Reconnaissance unit of the 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade and is therefore equipped with the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Scimitar and is based in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire. Today the RDG is an operationally experienced regiment having served in Iraq, Afghanistan; the regiment was formed in 1992 by the amalgamation of two other regiments: The 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. The Royal Dragoon Guards has served in a variety of theatres since its formation. Dragoons were flexible soldiers, who fought on and alongside their mounts. Northern IrelandIn February 1996, three squadrons of the regiment deployed to Northern Ireland as part of Operation Banner, the UK military support to the civil authorities in the province.
Two squadrons were employed as infantry in Belfast and the third acted as a prison guard force at the infamous Maze Prison. BalkansIn the winter of 1997, A Squadron, RDG, deployed with their Challenger 1s tanks to Barice in Bosnia with the 9th/12th Lancers Battle Group, they were subsequently moved to Mrkonjić Grad and were employed in Land Rovers, to monitor former wartime factions and inspect cantonment sites. UKIn early 2001 the regiment deployed as part of Operation Fresco to Cumbria and Yorkshire, with specialist Royal Navy teams, to provide emergency fire and rescue cover when the fire brigade was carrying out a programme of industrial action. IraqThe regimental Battle Group deployed to Iraq in 2004 and assumed control of the area south of Basra, close to the border with Kuwait; the main tasks were to mentor the newly formed Iraqi Police Force and provide security for the first presidential elections in the country since the US led invasion in 2003. The regiment deployed again to Iraq towards the end of the United Kingdom's combat operations in 2007, this time with Main Battle Tanks and Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicles were called upon to support Iraqi led efforts to re-impose control in Basra.
During this Operation Sergeant CP Richards was awarded the Military Cross for outstanding leadership and gallantry in the face of the enemy. As commander of the lead tank, working for Left Flank Company Group, Scots Guards Battle Group, he deployed on a joint arrest operation with Iraqi Security Forces in Al Quiblah, Basra, he fought his way through 5 improvised explosive device detonations, showing courageous restraint to minimise any civilian casualties, onto the target. During this deployment, squadrons from the regiment assisted the Iraqi Border Agency to provide security on the Border with Iran and mentored Iraqi Army Units. AfghanistanThe regiment deployed to Afghanistan in the spring of 2010 to assist in bringing stability to Central Helmand and to provide security for the country's second Presidential Elections. Squadrons from the Regiment provided protected mobility support in the Mastiff, Viking and Warthog armoured vehicles and held ground in Nad Ali District Centre following Op Moshtorak.
Tasks of these squadrons included: providing route security, assisting in reconstruction work and clearing insurgents from southern Nad Ali. The regiment had four men killed in action during the tour. Acting corporal Mathew Stenton, one of those killed, was posthumously awarded the Military Cross for bravery; as a Viking commander he moved his vehicle forward to engage insurgents to assist in the evacuation of a friendly casualty, his citation reads: “A/Cpl Stenton’s gallantry was of the highest order and he made the supreme act of self-sacrifice to save a comrade’s life”. The Regiment subsequently went on to complete a second tour of Afghanistan during Operation HERRICK 17 in 2013/14, this time in a dismounted role as the Police Mentoring and Advisory Group; the Regiment's role was to provide institutional and individual development advice and training to the Afghan National Police in Helmand. During this second tour The Royal Dragoon Guards deployed a mounted manoeuvre squadron, operating on Warthog armoured vehicles.
Following the 2012 announcement of Army 2020 structures, the RDG has adopted an'Armoured Cavalry' role equipped with Scimitar 2 - the latest iteration of the CVR platform - and latterly with the SCOUT SV renamed as Ajax. The Regiment will remain based in Catterick - as announced by the Secretary of State for Defence in March 2013; the regiment has now been subject to changes implemented through the Army 2020 plan. Despite the re-rolling of the regiment from heavy armour to a new capability of Armoured Cavalry, many traditions have been maintained; the five squadrons of The Royal Dragoon Guards take their history and traditions from the four antecedent regiments that make up the current regiment. Because of its lineage through the 5th Royal Inniskillings and the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards—the 4th had been known as the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards and the 7th had Irish ancestry—the RDG retains strong links to Northern Ireland. Dettingen Day At the Battle of Dettingen, 27 June 1743, Cornet Richardson of Ligonier’s Horse the 7th Dragoon Guards, received 37 wounds while defending the Regimental Standard.
The Regiment remembers the day with dinners in a families weekend. Oates’ Sunday Captain L E G Oates, of the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons, became a legend of self-sacrifice when, as a member of Scott’s ill-fated Anta
Royal Army Chaplains' Department
The Royal Army Chaplains' Department is an all-officer corps that provides ordained clergy to minister to the British Army. The Army Chaplains' Department was formed by Royal Warrant of 23 September 1796. Chaplains had been part of individual regiments, but not on the central establishment. Only Anglican chaplains were recruited until 1827. Roman Catholic chaplains were recruited from 1836, Methodist chaplains from 1881, Jewish chaplains from 1892. During the First World War some 4,400 Army Chaplains were recruited and 179 lost their lives on active service; the Department received the "Royal" prefix in February 1919. During the Second World War another 96 British and 38 Commonwealth Army Chaplains lost their lives. From 1946 until 1996, the RAChD's Headquarters and Training Centre were at Bagshot Park in Surrey, now the home of The Earl and Countess of Wessex. In 1996, they moved to the joint service Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre at Amport House near Andover. There are about 150 serving regular chaplains in the British Army.
Uniquely within the British Army, the Royal Army Chaplains' Department has different cap badges for its Christian and Jewish officers. Army chaplains, although they are all commissioned officers of the British Army and wear uniform, do not have executive authority, they are unique within the British Army. At services on formal occasions, chaplains wear their medals and decorations on their clerical robes; the RAChD's motto is "In this Sign Conquer" as seen in the sky before the Battle of the Milvian Bridge by the Roman Emperor Constantine. Its regimental march, both quick and slow, is the Prince of Denmark's March, erroneously known as the Trumpet Voluntary; the Museum of Army Chaplaincy is located at Amport House near Hampshire. Chaplains are either classified as Jewish or as a member of one of the following eight Christian denominational groups: Anglican Presbyterian Roman Catholic Church Methodist Church United Board, incorporating the Baptist Church, United Reformed Church and Congregational Church Elim Pentecostal Church Assemblies of God Salvation ArmyThere are religious advisors from other faiths.
However, an Army chaplain is expected to minister to and provide pastoral care to any soldier who needs it, no matter their denomination or faith or lack of it. In 2011 following a freedom of information request on Ministry of Defence spending on chaplaincy, the National Secular Society requested that £22m of spending should come directly from churches while professional counselling should continue to be funded by the tax payer, in order to better serve the non-religious in the military; the proposal was rejected by the Church of England. As of 2018 there are no non-religious chaplains in the British armed forces although organisations such as the UK Armed Forces Humanist Association and the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network continue to advocate for it. Chaplains are the only British Army officers, they are designated Chaplain to the Forces. They do, have grades which equate to the standard ranks and wear the insignia of the equivalent rank. Chaplains are addressed as "Padre", never by their nominal military rank.
Chaplain-General = Major-General Deputy Chaplain-General = Brigadier Chaplain to the Forces 1st Class = Colonel Chaplain to the Forces 2nd Class = Lieutenant-Colonel Chaplain to the Forces 3rd Class = Major Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class = CaptainThe senior Church of England Chaplain is ranked within the church hierarchy as an Archdeacon – he or she holds the appointment of Archdeacon for the Army whether or not he or she is the Chaplain-General. The Senior Roman Catholic Chaplain is sometimes ranked as a monsignor. Royal Air Force Chaplains Branch Royal Navy Chaplaincy Service Bishop to the Forces Bishopric of the Forces Military chaplain#United Kingdom International Military Chiefs of Chaplains Conference Religion in the United Kingdom Toc H Military archdeacons Category:Royal Army Chaplains' Department officers Bergen, Doris. L. 2004. The Sword of the Lord: Military Chaplains from the First to the Twenty-First Century. University of Notre Dame Press ISBN 0-268-02176-7 Kennedy, Geoffrey Anketell Studdert The Unutterable Beauty, ISBN 1-84685-110-6 Loudon, Stephen H. Chaplains in Conflict.
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