“The British Army has been ordered to take an extended 25-day Christmas holiday or work from home’ in an attempt to cut its gas and electricity bills 1 ,” reports a British newspaper . This reminds me of George Marshall as a Depression-era garrison commander encouraging his married troops to take time to plant vegetables . Not so, Joe, responds the Ministry of Defence’s blog 2 . “To suggest the Christmas leave plan is a cost-cutting measure is not true .

In recognition of the exceptionally busy year the Army has had, both on operations and at home — including vital support to the London 2012 Olympics, fuel tanker drivers’ strike and the Diamond Jubilee — the usual Christmas leave period has been extended . Personnel who are essential to supporting operations will remain on task regardless of this leave period and there will be no impact on the mission in Afghanistan.” From that blog, I also learned that the Welsh regiment has a “goat major.” 3 That is different, apparently, from aging majors who are old goats . Also, if you believe the Daily Mail 4 (and you may well not) someone stole a pony 5 from the British armed forces .

References ^ cut its gas and electricity bills (www.thesundaytimes.co.uk) ^ Ministry of Defence’s blog (www.blogs.mod.uk) ^ “goat major.” (www.blogs.mod.uk) ^ Daily Mail (www.amazon.com) ^ stole a pony (www.dailymail.co.uk)

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