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Thread #97022   Message #1904391
Posted By: Teribus
09-Dec-06 - 07:43 AM
Thread Name: BS: The NEW Red Coats
Subject: RE: BS: The NEW Red Coats
Very good posts from Bee-dubya-ell - 08 Dec 06 - 11:49 AM and Slag - 08 Dec 06 - 05:21 PM.

However I do not agree with Slag's statement that a draftee (anywhere) can be transformed in 6 to 8 weeks to a combat ready soldier. The business of being a professional soldier has moved on considerably. National Service in the UK (Period of service was 2 years) ended in 1957, purely because it was a waste of time and resources. In the UK Forces it is considered to take four years service and training before a recruit actually contributes and enhances the fighting effectiveness of his unit.