Many people, including senior officers who care more about their next promotion than the continuing ability of the forces, seem unable to accept that we are not like any civilian corporation or indeed any other public service such as the police or fire service. We are accountable but also unique. No other section of the British nation is required to kill people as part of its job description or to accept its continuing existence as subordinate to the good of the state.
If the British people wish us to come into line with civilian organisations, they will have to accept that we will then expect the same privileges, such as trade unions and overtime, replicating the Dutch forces which, although undoubtedly politically correct, are also militarily inept. But if the British people wish to retain an army which is both professional and effective, they will allow us to train realistically, emphasising the rigours and brutality of warfare without distracting us with political correctness.
Cpl MARCUS FLAVINIUS
1st Battalion Parachute Regiment
Aldershot, HampshireReuse content