Chapter Ten: Recruitment, training and resettlement
“Tomorrow’s battle is won during today’s practice.” Samurai maxim
“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.” Anon
History of Recruitment
Britain has had all-volunteer armed forces since 1962, when the last period of conscription, known as National Service, ended. There continue to be occasional siren calls for its reintroduction, usually associated with what is seen as a solution to growing youth indiscipline and high unemployment. The reality is that the size of Britain’s services would make it difficult and expensive to accommodate large numbers of conscripts. Modern war-fighting equipment needs fewer but more highly trained people. Many conscripts might be unsuitable.