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The Military Wants You (To Love Them)

By Lindsey Last edited 106 months ago
The Military Wants You (To Love Them)
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The government today accepted recommendations from a report about improving public-military relations which included the appointment of a "cadet ambassador" for London to do "everything possible" to urge schools to start Combined Cadet Forces and get their pupils to join them and enjoy "a taste of the military".

Currently, there are 253 CCFs in England and Wales but only about 60 are in state schools. They provide extra-curricular "military-orientated and adventurous training" with the Ministry of Defence equipping them with uniforms, weapons and ammunition. Cripes.

In the week that Boris Johnson has put more uniformed police staff into our transport system, it seems Gordon Brown's keen to see more uniform on the streets too. Not only does he want the kids into khaki but service personnel are to be encouraged to wear their uniform off-duty and it will be made a criminal offence to discriminate against them because of their Service dress or combat fatigues (remember that guy who got turned away from Harrods in his uniform because he might upset other shoppers on Remembrance Day?).

Excitingly, there is also talk of a new bank holiday and a Jeremy Clarkson led revival of the Royal Tournament in some form, to help us civvies appreciate our armed forces more.

As long as we get to see Clarkson and Ross 'Grant' Kemp jousting in full knightly armour, their trusty steeds a pair of pimped up 2CVs on our extra day off, we'll give the military all the love they need.

Image courtesy of RJ&DTP's Flickrstream under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

Last Updated 19 May 2008

rjandtp

Lindsey, we are more than pleased for you to use pictures from our flickr webstream but please do not in future make snide remarks totally out of context to the subject matter. The Army Cadets are some of the most responsible well mannered young men we have had the pleasure to meet and for you to infer that giving them weapons and ammunition is a mistake all we can say to you is "cripes" get a proper life.. One day you might be on a tube station confronted by someone with a gun and the only person around you to step out and lay down their life for you will be someone with the moral duty instilled into these young men..
Think before you speak - did you not notice the distinctive red poppies they all wore with pride in rememberance of the those that died so that you can enjoy the life you do.

Lindsey

I am very sorry you think I was being snide. That was not the intention. A friend of mine is a cadet leader so I'm well aware of the calibre of people involved with them. It says something about the separation of the military from civilian life that the thought of being trained to handle weapons and ammunition after school might make one think 'cripes'.

Londonist is generally upbeat about things, which is why I thought that photo was so great.

Thank you for taking time to comment.

esotericbadger

This ex-cadet was in no way offended by the above article. Moreover, titting about with weapons as shown in the photo would absolutely not have been allowed in my contingent.