17 yr old serves on the front line

Mav

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#1
Not sure if this was already posted... but it seems a 17 yr old managed to get to the frontline:



By all accounts he looked old enough and so somehow missed having his age being checked before being sent out.

More here

Fair play to the guy.
 
#4
The MoD is only making a fuss because it's exposed a bit of sloppiness somewhere. The fact that he's still serving speaks volumes!

And yes, fair play to him. I hope the tour-dodging or the never-served hang their heads in shame.

The cunts.
 
#6
Bet it would have been different story if he was KIA and parents knew. Massive liable claim.
 
#7
Admirable. He doesn't look under eighteen, can anyone tell me what will happen to the bloke who failed to pick up on his age?
 
#10
I bet that they will fail to pin it on any single individual. Or they may try to pass the buck onto a mod civilian clerical officer.
 
#11
Remember a yeomanry lad on Telic got fastballed back home for a couple of weeks until he turned 18 . he managed to get through the reserves mobilisation facility and it got picked up at Camp Fox just before the " Big Push " give him his due he was back out as soon as he turned 18 . So it's still happening by all accords .
 
#12
Well, the next time you want to go on tour and you're forced to prove your age (despite being 41) you know who to blame.
 
#14
Did the rules about age in 'conflict areas' change? I know one person who went to Depot aged 16.5 and was whisked off South in 1982 aged 17. (Too young to serve in NI or vote at that time rather strangely.)
 
#16
I remember on a family holiday, seeing a grave in a churchyard in Normandy of a Para - I thnk it was called Breville, who had managed to join, train etc.. and parachute in, fight and die. He was 16, if I remember correctly (I am prepared to be corrected). I use that example of maturity and stoicism when bollocking chavvy, lazy, drama-queen 15year-olds at school.
 
#17
The MoD is only making a fuss because it's exposed a bit of sloppiness somewhere. The fact that he's still serving speaks volumes!

And yes, fair play to him. I hope the tour-dodging or the never-served hang their heads in shame.


The cunts.
What for? Not breaking rules and possibly ruining someones career then leaving the lads a man short when he gets sent home?
 
#18
Did the rules about age in 'conflict areas' change? I know one person who went to Depot aged 16.5 and was whisked off South in 1982 aged 17. (Too young to serve in NI or vote at that time rather strangely.)
Yes. the rules did change in either 2002 or 2003
 
#20
What for? Not breaking rules and possibly ruining someones career then leaving the lads a man short when he gets sent home?
Well if someone was too lazy to run his service number through JPA and see what his date of birth is, as the rules say, then it's no one's fault but theirs.
 

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