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These Were The Most Popular Forces Network Stories Of 2018

What news and feature stories on forces.net did you read the most during the year?

most read stories of 2018

These are our stories of 2018 that got people talking, sharing and posting across social media more than any others during the year.

It is perhaps no surprise that two of the top five news stories of the year involved a pay rise for the Armed Forces and news of an ID card that is designed to give veterans easier access to public and charitable support including health care and housing.

Other stories, however, captured the imagination including archive footage from the First World War that was brought to life in glorious colour and an article about an advertisement for the Royal Marines that would no doubt send arachnophobes into a cold sweat.

Humour also topped the charts of stories with the most engagement over the year with our rundown of jokes from the Second World War making it into the top five most popular stories, across website analytics, social media and Google search.

Here’s the rundown of our Top 5 most popular stories of 2018:

1. Veterans To Be Able To Apply For ID Cards From 2019

The ID cards will be given to veterans so they can show they served in the Armed Forces

most read stories of 2018

Military veterans are to be given ID card to recognise that they have served, it was announced in November.

The cards will initially be given to all personnel leaving the military, while veterans who have already made the transition to civilian life will be able to apply for a service leavers ID card from next year.

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2. The Scariest Thing On The Web? This Royal Marines' Spider Ad Will Chill You To The Core

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The 'Spider' film explores what might make even a trained combat specialist break cover but suggests Royal Marines' training means they maintain their focus no matter what terrors they face.

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3. First World War Footage ‘Brought To Life’ In Peter Jackson's New Film

most read stories of 2018

Lord Of the Rings' director Sir Peter Jackson has breathed life into original First World War footage for a documentary that shares real stories of veterans who lived through the 1914-18 conflict.

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4. British Armed Forces Pay Rise Confirmed

most read stories of 2018

It was revealed in July that British military personnel were to receive a two percent salary increase, that was to be backdated to April 2018 from September.

A one-off 0.9% payment was also announced to bring salaries in line with the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body's (AFPRB) 2018-19 recommendation of 2.9%.

Catch-up on the story here

5. Our 9 Favourite WWII Jokes Of All Time

most read stories of 2018

Your favourite story with a humorous edge over 2018 was our rundown of jokes from the Second World War. Some of these are still bringing a smile to our faces today.

If you don't know the jokes already, they are here

Next year is likely to be an equally eye-opening year from the Armed Forces world and wider military family so join us in 2019 for the best news, features, long reads, analysis and some humour here at forces.net - part of the Services Sound and Vision Corporation.