NEILL THE NOTORIOUS wrote:Neill has been in Knowle (Adjacent to B'ham but more half-timbered !) visiting latest Grandchild, so has not-- yet -- picked up on this until today -- Monday !
In my view, National Service was the making of British Youth ----- but the RUINATION of the British Army.
It is difficult to instil enthusiasm in a Soldier, who. in his first week, puts up a calender, to cross off the days to de-mob !
There are exceptions --- but they are few !
Welcome TBA (as opposed to tbA referred to elsewhere). I missed it by months but I know people who were in it.
"A" (my brother-in-law actually) was a Mess Steward who got a liking for what was served up so for the next umpteen years he ate and drank "well". He sees about 4 specialist weekly - heart (several ops so far), liver, kidney, lungs, blood system, gout, diabetes, .......... Why he didn't die 10 years ago none of us can understand. All from his time in National Service.
"B" a neighbour in France, as a cadet, was helping operate RADAR systems so when he did National Service in the RAF he knew more than all the specialist electronics officers and NCOs - which didn't go down well!
There were a lot who learned to read and write in the Army / Air Force and a lot more who learned criminal methods etc there. Remember that in those days it was more like the Somme - throw enough people into the battle and the enemy will run out of bullets.
Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.