Veteran homelessness in England rises by 14% despite promises of Johnny Mercer, Minister of State for Veterans’ Affairs

Despite the UK government’s commitment and an £8.8m housing fund, homelessness among armed forces veterans in England has increased by 14% in 2022-23.

SAS soldiers reported caught in drug bust as their regiment investigated for Afghanistan war crimes

Armed officers in a joint military and civilian law enforcement operation arrested two SAS soldiers and a soldier’s spouse in Herefordshire, seizing suspected illegal drugs and raising concerns about discipline and integrity within the elite unit.

UK Ministry of Defence under scrutiny for omitting thousands of drones in annual inventory

An administrative error led the UK Ministry of Defence to exclude nearly 30 types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from its annual equipment inventory, sparking concerns over the accuracy and management of military assets.

Who oversees the SAS? AOAV praises the APPG on Modern Conflict’s report ‘Accountability and Oversight of UK Special Forces’

The report advocates for enhanced parliamentary oversight and accountability of UK Special Forces in response to concerns over the ‘no comment’ policy and the absence of external scrutiny.

Collecting and Sharing Data on Explosive Weapons Use

A Prerequisite for understanding impact, informing change and implementing the Political Declaration

The surprising reality of British Armed Forces Fatalities and the growing concern of suicide rates: a report citing AOAV data in the Express

The declining number of combat-related deaths in the UK Armed Forces reveals a growing concern over suicide rates, as mental health challenges emerge as a critical modern threat for military personnel.

Explosive Violence in February 2023

In February 2023, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2,155 deaths and injuries from 469 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 53% (1,133) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

Questions raised as research finds UK armed forces charities sitting on reserves of £275 million

UK’s largest military charities holding assets of £1.4bn and unrestricted reserves of £275m raise concerns over hoarding cash, with questions being raised over the best ratio of reserves to income and recent donations to military charities, while the Charity Commission warns about charity with big reserves may provoke resentment if it seeks more funds.