The Military in Our Midst

This website was founded in 2011 in order to track the recruitment and employment of Commonwealth citizens in the UK armed forces. After the publication of the book Military Migrants: Fighting for YOUR Country in 2012 (re-published in pbk in 2015), the situation was monitored through regular posts which you will find below. Recruitment from Commonwealth countries stopped in 2013, but then started again on a limited basis in 2018 and continues to this day. We will continue to document these changes.

We have recently added a new project to the website: The Military in Our Midst. This project, funded by The Leverhulme Trust, investigates the complex dynamics of the military presence in Tidworth, a historic garrison town on the edge of Salisbury Plain. Targeted for expansion under government plans to restructure the Army by 2020, this site offers unique ethnographic opportunities to explore the impact of the military footprint in a locality shaped by decades of continuous war-preparation.

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