isbn: 9780846143878 was first published 2014.
Anyhow when a royal mentioned this (as seen in the picture) recently (not here parody) then maybe an independent look might be in order. After all working for grandmother, and stripping naked for the internet must mean the army has something to offer asbo princes like harry wales.
National service from 1948-1963 is from a time when nuclear wars could perceived be won (my blog) and Britain was the worlds policeman despite being in debt and seceding lands since 1948 so this was a means to a cheap manpower.
National service can be seen as a generational failing to notice that Britian mattered less despite winning two wars and it had to nationalise its workforce despite the debt to make civil servants and politicians seem important on a declining world influence stage.
It also invented the gap year after all sex had yet to be invented until the swinging sixties and youth culture (all taxable) yet to be invented.
The author likes to rehash so start at page one not the introductions which are probably designed to be read by media types. Its dry at times and like all governments statistics are either not collected or rather general. Death could be an outcome for those who agree with Harry Wales who also has a helicopter fetish (my blog).
Class comes a big factor for the bourneville (think chocolate quaker) based author and apparently public school is good for not thinking and so make great army officers.
Grammar schools made no difference to the class of the army.
The ‘gap’ made it easy to escape crap apprenticeships but getting deferred was something employers (including governments) did rather than citizens. It is interesting to note that national service was more a hindrance to governments with scientists who knew the value of wasting time doing stuff not of importance.
The raf was the best choice, the navy did not seem to do ns, and the army was its usual incompetent self with example of suppose your a brick layer then they would turn you into a chef. I suppose mixing cement might be deemed cooking by royalty.
That’s private schools for you. Anyhow freshly faced children where also subject to scams from regular army staff, and suicides happened although the government hushed those up or did not collect statistics.
Once in and assuming the humans where still alive social mobility increased but there lies another problem that if you worked or had an apprentice in a demanding job at the time then those people never went back. Again killing economic productivity for some then important northern industries.
10% of public school types made bad officers and the worst of those ended up managing bricklayers in catering. Another interesting fact is that technical knowledge was disliked by the upper classes, but tests could be ignored by those lot. After all playing rugby (my blog) and the old boys network means your brilliant at stuff.
Those ‘chavs’ who did excel at soldiering mostly could not be persuaded to do it as a job, as the army was too snobby. Eventually Suez and the americans brought the civil servants and british politicians down to earth and defence spending went from 10% of gdp to 2% taking with it much of the public school brigade who also lost a lot of wealth via taxes in maintaining that army.
Blame can be attributed to many here for retarding the peacetime economy while the lust for influence when none existed due to politicians mistakes from early 1900 meant that these leaders where foolish and nearsighted.
As to the army it comes across as snobby, class ridden and poor at either training people or equipping people with peacetime transferable skills when thrown huge resources.
No wonder Harry Wales thinks its a good idea.
4/5 bananas – an interesting read