About Mandatory Military Service a good idea or a bad one? Page 10
|March 5th, 2012||#92|
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Lets' face it, dragging mummy's little darling away kicking and screaming is political suicide. No party will touch it. Do you think the Greens would be in favour of it? Doubtful. And they're pulling Juliar's strings at the moment.
|March 5th, 2012||#93|
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"The best form of taking care of troops is first-class training, for this saves unnecessary casualties." Erwin Rommel
|March 5th, 2012||#94|
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When some blighter is trying to kill you then you soon learn who your friends are, and you become a tight little team who look after each other no matter what or where ever you go.
LeEnfield Rides again
|March 11th, 2012||#95|
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Remember Stalingrad info
The 'German' Army was not defeated at Stalingrad. What happend was as the fighting got tough between the two North European nations the 6th Army ran out of Germans ( the old, old story ) and its flanks had to be protected by Hungarians ( not so bad ) and for Christsake Romanians! And that's where the Ivans attacked and since no army can be fully supplied by air ( that's why Germany would never have invaded England even if it wanted to - Operation Sealion was about pulling the wool over the Ruskies' eyes ) the result was a foregone conclusion.
What's that to do with conscript Canada. Canada is a multi-ethnic nation, a conscript army would 'fold' in the same way. This does not apply to an army of volunteers.
|March 12th, 2012||#96|
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LeEnfield was a conscript, ask him how many of his mates folded.
Adversus solem ne loquitor
Last edited by BritinAfrica; March 12th, 2012 at 14:57..
|March 12th, 2012||#97|
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I was drafted for National Service and had to fulfil my statutory time within it. I was groomed and taught within an environment that provided firm boundaries with institutional qualities. I learned discipline, hardship and survival. Skills, such as basic cleanliness and working within a team, whatever their personalities and forbouys were, gave people foundations that they carried forward into later life.
I often hear older people say how beneficial this experience was for them and how, on reflection, they valued and enjoyed their experience – however reluctant they felt whilst serving out their National Service or draft.
Much of my experience was based around war. I have seen a lot of blood shed and suffering. I have, indeed, seen human behaviour at its worst and best. Learning to deal with these situations created very mixed emotions, from pain to relief and happiness. The experience of emotional diversity had given me a measure for future reference to draw upon.
It is our young people that lack experience, empathy and compassion that are my concern. In the Western World, we are consumed with the desire for ‘stuff’. Our young people want the latest computer consoles, games and mobile phones. They surround themselves with items, all wanting to be the first to own the latest fad so as they can impress their friends.
This ingrained behaviour demonstrates that many of our young people are selfish and self absorbed. The owning of such ‘stuff’ can make people isolated in many ways and, although they read about hardship and they play games associated with all social issues, it doesn’t compare with reality.
Each passing generation produces teenagers who are more and more brazen, disrespectful, lazy and ill-qualified for success in the real world. Thus, our society becomes more dangerous, depleted and dishonest every year. Conscription, when handled properly, can be an asset to the military, the society and the conscript. Mandatory military service may seem too drastic or impractical to implement, but it is a legitimate idea that deserves a fair discussion and open debate
|March 13th, 2012||#99|
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Between the ages of 16 and 20, when military service begins, there is preparatory military instruction, comprising physical training, gymnastic exercises, marching, obstacle racing, simple drill, the use of the rifle. In the year before he attains 20 the youth is enrolled by the Cantonal authorities (in his commune or place of domicile) as a recruit —the canton being subdivided into recruiting districts —and is fitted out with uniform and equipment, and in the year in which he attains 20 the recruit becomes liable to military service and presents himself for instruction at recruit schools, beginning either about March 15, May 1, or July 1, as directed. All soldiers, whatever the rank they are destined for, pass through the recruit schools. The soldier on completion of recruit school is considered as having entered the Army. As a soldier of the Army he has to attend an annual training camp.
This is really a well-trained home defence force under a militia system that in some respects even surpasses all other armies in its readiness for war, for of no other military force in Europe can it be stated that the establishment in personnel is the same both for peace and war, and there is certainly no other country, that I am aware of, were a fourth of it’s army is annually mobilised for manoeuvres on exactly the same scale of equipment and transport as it would be for actual warfare.
It is a system which is perfectly designed for Swiss conditions. Their neutrality, geography, history and mentality, but it is a purely defensive military system.
|March 13th, 2012||#100|
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You gonna ever have a situation where the Schweizer Deutsche are in the centre doing all the fighting ( the origional Vatican Guard was drawn from German Cantons only ) supported on the flanks by the French and Italian Cantons - I know where I would attack!
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