Unit 8 – Impact of War, Conflict & Terrorism on the UPS

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Unit 8 – Impact of War, Conflict & Terrorism on the UPS
D1 – Evaluate the impact of war, conflict and terrorism on one UK Public Service
For this assignment I have decided to specifically look at how the British Army are affected.
WAR
If there is a war and NATO decides that the UK needs to provide direct military action then the British Army will have to be prepared.
War affects the army as an organisation because it means they will lose soldiers and have to retrain new ones. An example of this would be the crash of Nimrod XV230 which killed everyone on board, that highlighted the cost-pressure of the war. The training and recruiting of troops is expensive enough but to constantly sustain the high amount of soldiers that is
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Constant conflict is a burden for the UK army as it takes time away from training and puts pressure on troops to be sent out on a mission before they are ready. In some cases soldiers only have 6 months training before they are deployed somewhere, whereas others take part in training for a much longer period in time before sent anywhere.
Conflict will also increase the stress levels within the British army which can lead to more serious problems such as extreme physical and emotional exhaustion.
There is also the obvious factor that conflict can lead to war if it gets out of hand, which then would lead back to all the affects war has on the Army.
Overall it seems that conflict affects the British Army in the exact same ways that a War does however just not on such a grand scale.
TERRORISM
Terrorism directly affects the British Army as they have to actively engage in counter-terrorism operations across the world. The main reason the British Army sends troops out to Afghanistan is to get rid of the Taliban regime and Al Qaeda, a well-known terrorist organisation. The British Army enforces anti-terrorism alongside providing humanitarian aid. Not only does the British Army have to get rid of Al Qaeda but they also have to make sure they cannot return, this is a tough and time consuming task that has seen the death of many service personnel.

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