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The Army Are Recruiting Snowflakes

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it is a bit concerning - not only is it already hard to recruit anyone for military services, but they are targeting people that would never have made it into such services to begin with

let's hope that we never have to send anyone to war

hspexy
2 years ago
What do you think of this?
Lynibis
Lynibis2 years ago

We do and are, constantly. Warfare is very technological these days and not so much face to face fighting so they want to recruit computer buffs and IT people. These people may not have come forward previously thinking they had to be a big, bold, strong, 'manly' types. Our services need all types from cooks and stewards to snipers and spies and I speak as an ex Wren.

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hspexy
Original Poster
2 years ago

I understand the types of war we are engaging in are different from past generations, but I believe all people recruited into the army ought to have the relevant physical training, if not to protect themselves, but to help protect their comrades. I certainly wouldn't want to have recruits who were out of shape and would collapse if they ran 100 metres. And it is perhaps a great way to become more disciplined - I worked with someone who went to Afghanistan and he learnt the value of polishing his boots and keeping his feet clean...as trivial as it may sound, it was still a valuable lesson he may not have learned anywhere else

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Lynibis
Lynibis2 years ago

hspexy absolutely agree that all should be fit but a techie guy would probably be behind the scenes and not on the front line, any more than the stewards or cooks. However, even stewards and cooks would be trained to defend their camp etc. I was a radio operator involved in ship to shore and aircraft communication and I expect women are far more out there than in my day when we didn't even serve on ships!

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hspexy
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2 years ago

Lynibis lol sounds like it was quite an experience 🙂 I had a female friend who joined and trained out in Bosnia (I think), but they wanted to put her in an office after her training, and she was furious as she wanted to be on the front line - she felt it was a complete waste of the extra muscle and strength she had developed, only to be told that she can don the uniform but sit in an office

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Lynibis
Lynibis2 years ago

hspexy yes things have changed drastically over the years. You got me thinking about my own training back then which was 6 weeks in barracks learning all about bulling our shoes, tying knots, learning ranks, flags and all manner of other stuff including square bashing and getting up at 6am to scrub floors. However, we never did a jot of physical training. Nearly 50 years ago and I think we were all generally more healthy back then, I certainly don't remember so much talk about obesity crises. There were snowflakes though. Nearly every day on basic training someone would run home to mummy and daddy because they didn't like the hardship of barracks life!

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
2 years ago

Lynibis at least they did attempt it, I guess. I am not sure what the recruitment rate is these days, but considering how the population has grown, you would think there would be loads of people lining up...with even more people running home to mum and dad 😜

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jakemoss
jakemoss2 years ago

WW1 = infantry, horses, vehicles, tanks

WW2 = same but with upgraded weaponry, vehicles, planes, etc

WW3 = push the button!

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