After video footage showed that British paratroopers were having an affair with a civilian female at a military barracks, hundreds of them have been banned from joining NATO missions.
One of the first official acts of General Sir Patrick Sanders, who became the head of the British Army this month, will be to ban hundreds of soldiers from the 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment from a NATO mission to the Balkans after they were found to have been involved in a series of sexual orgies at the Merville Barracks in Colchester, Essex.
A report by The Times of LondonA civilian female was smuggled to the base 31 times in five months for sexual intercourse.
Earlier this month, eight paratroopers of the 16 Air Assault Brigade had been placed under military police investigation after sex tapes emerged of them participating in orgies with the unnamed woman as dozens more looked on.
Although the police concluded that the woman was consenting to sexual liaisons, soldiers involved in this incident have been barred from any future military deployment. They will also lose their chance to win medals.
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General Sir Patrick Sanders, newly appointed Chief of General Staff (CGS), of the British Army stated that although no crime was committed, it could still be viewed as the result of soldiers’ actions. “denigrate women”They failed to live up to the values and standards of the Armed Forces.
“Such behaviour is unacceptable, corrosive and detrimental to the army’s reputation,” General Sir Patrick wrote, adding: “Recent events indicated that 3 Para is not demonstrating the levels of discipline and respect for others expected of one of our battalions.
“I am not prepared to risk the Nato mission or the reputation of the British army by deploying 3 Para at this time.”
The move from the Army chief comes as he warned British troops that they should be preparing for a potential land war in Europe in order to confront the threat posed by Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
“We are the generation that must prepare the Army to fight in Europe once again,” Sanders said. “There is now a burning imperative to forge an army capable of fighting alongside our allies and defeating Russia in battle.”
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