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Subj: Re: Should soldiers have a choice?
Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 at 02:39:18 pm CST (Viewed 380 times)
Reply Subj: Should soldiers have a choice?
Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 at 11:33:33 am CST (Viewed 478 times)


    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.

I guess what I would say is true for anybody. There is always a choice, but are the consequences of the choice worth it?

Soldiers, and I am not an expert and have never served, should be able to hold whatever view they want to have and hold. They may hate the political choices that got them in a given mess, but they also have limited ability to express them based on the nature of being a soldier.

They could dislike they have to defend some small town that does not mean anything to them other than orders but given the situation they better do it. Which is a unique situation.

There are not too many jobs, there are some others, where you cannot just opt out. However, in many jobs it is not possible to outwardly object to say company policy (at least on the job)and certain behavior is expected. That said, most of the time all they can do is fire you.

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