I joined the army. I got sent to Bosnia, but to be honest I did'nt have a clue what was going on out there, I got to ride around in land rovers and carry a rifle and pistol about with me.
Later, I was going through a hard time, so I accepted a recall to go to Iraq. Got a few quid, got 2 medals which are now secured.
I used to get very angry with conscientious objectors. I knew one, who was petrified of going into an operational theatre. He came out with a story, but he didn't want to go Iraq, he didn't want go Afghan or Kosovo. He didn't even want to go to Germany. I really disrespected him as a person, not necessarily because he was a coward, but because he took the Queen's shilling and was happy taking the money and then came out with a sob story.
Tbf, I transferred that to a lot of people, people who may have thought it through and would have been happy going to war.
However, should a soldier be allowed to object? I don't think they should pick where they go, but I do think they need to observe their own conduct. If they sign on, then they are accepting they may die in service.
Soldiers have a choice?
I thought they just got orders and went where ever they were told to do whatever work was ordered?