Getting a new boss (ex union leader type, thick but cunning with an eye for any opportunity) who made the remark that I was in the Army (TA actually) and therefore only good for taking orders. Oh how I laughed when he got sacked.
Hackle, you're doing a fine job! Have just had a quick look at your web page.
I brought up this precise problem with another soldier who, although she knew she was entitled to vote, genuinely didn't think soldiers should and didn't herself as she believed that by 'politicising' herself she might compromise her ability to do her job.
I guess the Kendall-Smith case might illustrate this as he took it upon himself to decide that the war was illegal. I have always voted myself and firmly believe soldiers should be sufficiently educated so that they know not only that they are entitled to vote, but why they should use their vote.
Am not aware of how things stand at ATRs, AFC or Welbeck etc but hope that informing young soldiers about this stuff is on a syllabus somewhere. Surely it's a bit late including it in the CML courses if indeed it is included. (am not sure!)
After BATUS three of us buggered off to Montana, bypassing Great Falls which was like the NAAFI. Ended up in Helena, nice place, found a pub, lots of green, fcuk an Irish pub and not like the one you get in Croydon which is as Irish as Chaz and Dave. Had a beer and you could cut the tension and the hatred with a knife and then somebody asked what we were. Two Air Techs and one Avionics Tech was what we were but they thought we were 'Airborne'. Still tension and hatred but walk to bar gap opens, walk from bar gap shuts, lots of soft whispering. Went to bog, urinal cleared as if by magic. Drank up and buggered off and laughed at a very handy misconception.