Came across this PhD thesis on t'web; SOCIAL STRUCTURES IN THE REGULAR COMBAT ARMS

I read it out of interest and, not being an expert by any means, thought it stood up fairly well. In fact, it applied well to REME units I was posted to, not just Combat Arms.

The parts where he discusses some other blokes criticism of the theory illuminated how little academics can know about their chosen subject i.e. where the other blokes model has pte's as one group, all NCO's as another and Officers as another whereas this show the more discrete grouping among enlisted personnel. The stratification in the WO's & Sgt's Mess was bob on I thought.

All very interesting stuff.

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