Whilst in combat so to speak hunting for interview opportunities and well dressed men, I came across some very handsome troops. They were from The British Army and were on a training expedition. After I got military clearance I was allowed to interview. Trooper Green talks about how the British Army’s training has made him a better man.
In this interview with Trooper Green who’s job title is a Gunner. What does a Gunner actually do? In his own words, I am a gunner who takes down targets, scan and looks for the enemy. Why do men choose to go to war? Why do they sign up for a job description that means literally trained to kill?
The War in Afghanistan
Trooper Green talks about the very moment he lands in Afghanistan. The War in Afghanistan (or the American war in Afghanistan) is the period in which the United States invaded Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks. Supported initially by close allies, they were later joined by NATO beginning in 2003. It followed the Afghan Civil War’s 1996–2001 phase. Its public aims were to dismantle al-Qaeda and to deny it a safe base of operations in Afghanistan by removing the Taliban from power. Key allies, including the United Kingdom, supported the U.S. from the start to the end of the phase. This phase of the War is the longest war in United States history.
The British Army is the principal land warfare force of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The force was initially administered by the War Office from London, which in 1964 was subsumed into the Ministry of Defence. The professional head of the British Army is the Chief of the General Staff.
The full-time element of the British Army is referred to as the Regular Army and has been since the creation of the reservist Territorial Force in 1908. All members of the British Army swear (or affirm) allegiance to the monarch as commander-in-chief. However, the Bill of Rights of 1689 requires Parliamentary consent for The Crown to maintain a standing army in peacetime. Parliament approves the continued existence of the Army by passing an Armed Forces Act at least once every five years.