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|April 26th, 2011||#31|
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Some act like we owe them. And then call you traitors or at least ungrateful bastards if you dont treat them like heroes.
|April 26th, 2011||#32|
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Individual action counts of course but the Gospel according to MontyB is not a good analogy here.
Why the hell would those you list bail out en mass to any degree - they do not have to put their lives on the line every day, routine. And I believe we are talking vocations here, not professions. (IMHO). A better analogy would be deep- sea fishermen perhaps if you are quoting professions.
But my scenario is very real indeed and is a concern of mine; this scenario is real, not a war-game.
Our SAS is already suffering, strength is now down to 1/3rd of necessity.
English by the grace of God.
Last edited by Del Boy; April 27th, 2011 at 00:40..
|April 27th, 2011||#33|
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And for the record I have no idea why anyone would want to work in any of the jobs I listed except engineer
But the fact is that if no one took up these roles society as a whole would turn to crap pretty damn quick and as such all roles carry equal weight and hero's and villains can come from any profession.
We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation. ~Francois De La Rochefoucauld
|April 27th, 2011||#34|
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Your link did not fully cover the content. Quotes from the speeches : 'The SAS is facing a recruitment crisis because soldiers are too overstretched to apply to join the elite regiment', an army commander warned; Head of Infantry Brigadier Richard Dennis said 'the unrelentingly demanding operations in Afghanistan were combining to mitigate against Special Forces recruitment'. He had deep concerns that urgent action was needed to improve the 'strength and quality' of recruits. Former SAS man Robin Horsfall told the BBC that the regiment no longer had the same appeal. Having been on the battlefront it's less alluring for soldiers to want to go into a more dangerous situation with Special Forces because they know what battle really is'.
If you can read between the line of your link you will recognise the same theme emerging.
I believe that your message diminishes the importance of our armed(and associated) services as a vocation for heroes; and that is a preliminary to chaos IMHO. And none of those other jobs demand that you put your life on the line every day, that is the key difference.
I come from the post WW11 era of conscription ; and that was not a pretty matter - five and a half years interruption of the most formative years of education and career launch - 18 - 23.
Dwell on this -' Our Armed Forces are no longer an attraction to young men as a vocation, prepared to offer their lives daily for a mere pittance, so conscription is necessary.
Mr MontyB - you have struck us a bit of a James Bond character - report to your local barracks at 9.00 am on Monday next with your trousers folded neatly over one arm - bomb-disposal for you my lad. You've talked the talk, now's your chance, everyone's a hero you know.'
Lovely Jubbly! Stop nuking everywhere now, bomb disposal for you. We luv ya- we're all right BEHIND you remember.
by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.
I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.
Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.
We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",
But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.
You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool - you bet that Tommy sees!
Last edited by Del Boy; April 27th, 2011 at 11:37..
|April 27th, 2011||#35|
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|April 27th, 2011||#36|
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There's always room for James Bond you know; Intelligence Corp, top refs from Milforum, can't lose. National Service? Well, I told them Royal Navy as I was an experienced seaman , missed out on Navigation Officer with The Blue Star Line only through short-sightedness, carried a permanently dislocated elbow, etc.etc. but they were very accomodating- Infantry for me. No sign of heroism in my case, obviously.
Incidently - the line from my post starting 'Dwell on this.....' was the setting of a future scenario I was describing, not the current situation - yet!
Last edited by Del Boy; April 27th, 2011 at 21:39..
|April 27th, 2011||#37|
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Like I said National Service does nothing for the military, I am very opposed to conscript army's as they never perform as well as smaller professional all volunteer forces but national service does have a lot of social benefits.
Just about everyone I know that went through NS in New Zealand ended up in the infantry with the exception of my brother who wrangled his way into the air force and graduated at an air traffic controller.
|April 29th, 2011||#38|
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A hero is not based on military service, nor is it based on gender or anything like that.
I think a hero is someone that does something that is needed without being asked and without asking for compensation in return. I could name of examples, but right now I think the two best examples for this forum would be ladies like you and Sky. Both of you come here and support the active and former servicemen alike. No one asked you to, and you havn't asked for compensation. Our servicemen, worldwide and irregardless of their nationality, need that kind of support.
So the next time you wonder what a hero is made of Jilly, go look in a mirror. 'Cause darlin', I think it fits you well.
|April 29th, 2011||#39|
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My understanding is a little different Dusty, for these reasons.
Someone who stands before people to defend them at the likely cost of his own life is behaving in a heroic manner and is therefore a hero.
A man volunteering for such service on the battefront is therefore behaving in that heroic manner and is therefore a hero. As is a man joining the armed services under such circumstances.( At such times as ours, now!)
WW11 - the sailors volunteering for submarine service, similarly were heroes.
Take it from there.....etc. etc............
Last edited by Del Boy; April 29th, 2011 at 23:24..
|April 29th, 2011||#40|
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I think soldiers are heros. Certainly here in Russia a survey already showed that people are 80% more likely to trust the word of a man in camouflage than one in a suit Fact.
I remember there was the trial of Colonel Vladimir Kvachkov
Retired officer of Specnaz GRU, he was accused of collaborating with several of his colleagues in an attempt to murder Anatoly Chubais, then-Minister of Energy, now in charge of the nanotechnology program, and a corrupt son of a bitch on top of that.
They said Kvachkov and three other men staged an ambush for Chubais' motorcade: laid a road bomb in its path, and then waited in the bushes with sniper rifles. A completely b******t scheme, Chubais would never come out of his armored Mercedes, and he has around three dozen heavily armed men escorting him at all times; there is no way Kvachkov and three others would be able to get through that. An I am sure as a trained Specnaz man, he'd know that. GRU does many assasinations, they know their stuff.
Kvachkov was tried four times and acquitted by jury each time... His main defense: "If we wanted to kill him, he would be dead today."
That man is our hero, at least.
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