A former London Underground station, used as a Second World War anti-Luftwaffe command centre, is being sold by the Ministry of Defence.
The Ministry of Defence has been explaining how it will bring home millions of pounds worth of equipment from Afghanistan.
Around 400 anti-war protesters descended on an RAF base today to protest the use of "barbaric" armed drones from UK soil in Afghanistan.
ForcesWatch, which published the report into mental health problems in the British armed forces, says it draws on more than 150 sources.
The report claims:
- 8% of Iraq war veterans who enlisted without GCSEs or the Scottish equivalent suffered with PTSD after their deployment
- 4% in the armed forces as a whole suffered with PTSD
- That compares with 3% of the general population
- 24% of Iraq war veterans in the lowest ranks - typically the youngest - reported behaving violently in the weeks after coming home
- An average of 13% across the armed forces did the same
Young soldiers from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, according to a report published today.
The report, by human rights group ForcesWatch, found that younger recruits are significantly more likely than older personnel to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drink at levels harmful to health and to behave violently on their return from war.
The Last Ambush? Aspects of mental health in the British armed forces, calls for the Ministry of Defence to raise the minimum age of recruitment to 18 to avoid exposing the youngest soldiers to the most trauma.
Lance Corporal James Brynin of the Intelligence Corps, who was shot dead on patrol in Afghanistan, is due to be repatriated today.
He will return via RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and his funeral cortege will pass by a special memorial garden on the way to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
The 22 year old, who worked as an intelligence analyst, had already been selected for promotion but was shot dead on October 15 when his patrol was attacked in the area of Kakaran, north east of Lashkar Gah.
Despite receiving immediate medical attention, L/Cpl Brynin, known as Jay, died from his injuries at the scene.
A Chinook helicopter stepped in to rescue a stranded Sea King after crew identified a potential defect and landed the aircraft in Glen Coe during a training exercise.
Because of the remote location the crew were forced to down the aircraft a Chinook was dispatched to lift the stranded helicopter on to a low loader just over a mile away which transported it on for repairs.
The Ministry of Defence said the incident had a "happy ending resulting from rapid professional and extensive inter-service co-operation between the RN, the RAF and supporting civilian engineering contractors."
The Ministry of Defence has insisted it is confident that it could get the required numbers of reservists.
A spokesman said:
We have been clear that the regular Army is becoming smaller but we are committed to delivering a fully integrated strength of 120,000 by 2018.
Over a year ago we announced changes to the Army's structure so it is more reflective of the complex global situation.
We have always acknowledged that growing the Reserves would be a challenge which is why we are investing £1.8 billion in training, support and equipment for the
Reserves over the next 10 years, as well as running a sustained recruitment campaign aimed at young people to showcase the diverse range of career paths that are available in both the Regular Army and the Army Reserve.
Would-be part-time soldiers are being put off from signing up due to defence cuts and a "hostile recruiting environment", a leaked document has warned.
The memo, which has been seen by the Daily Telegraph, claims there are "disappointing" numbers of reservists being recruited, with fears that targets will not be reached.
Under Government plans the regular Army is being cut from 102,000 to 82,000 while the newly-renamed Army Reserve - formerly the Territorial Army - is being expanded from 19,000 to 30,000.
The leaked memo claims barely half the number of reservists needed are being recruited and lists obstacles such as "redundancy downsizing, drawdown in Afghanistan and a reported (if unproven) increase in mental health issues", according to the paper.
A British soldier killed in Afghanistan has been named by the Ministry of Defence as Lance Corporal James Brynin, 22, of the Intelligence Corps, who was attached to 14 Signal Regiment.
The soldier was killed as a result of enemy fire while on a patrol in the area of Kakaran, north east of Lashkar Gah.
Despite receiving immediate medical attention, he died from his injuries at the scene, the MoD said.
Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel Hywel Lewis MBE, said:
A fantastic soldier has tragically died defending his comrades. He was the brightest and the best. Those who served alongside him were privileged and feel his loss most deeply. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family at this extremely difficult time.
The serviceman’s next of kin have been informed.
A British soldier has been killed in enemy fire while on patrol in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has announced.
The "fantastic" soldier, from 14 Signals Regiment (Electronic Warfare), attached to the Task Force Helmand Brigade Reconnaissance Force, died while on patrol in Helmand Province, the MoD said.
The death takes to 445 the number of UK service members who have lost their lives since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 and is the seventh this year.
It is the first UK death in Afghanistan since Corporal William Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint, and Private Robert Hetherington died when their Mastiff armoured vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) on a routine patrol on April 30.