When in joined in the late 1980s, I was your typical apolitical youth (if it didn't include masturbtion I wasn't interested) but I remember being posted out to Germany and it was an eyeopener. Training as we all know is a sterile military enviroment but meeting the kind of ultra right wing lunatics on my first posting, who would use foul racist language to refer to our black and asian compatriots, a love of all things Maggie/Tebbit/Enoch Powell, a general sexist low opinion of the WRAC in operational capacity and a bigoted, right wing world view turned me from apolitical youth from a council estate in the north west of England into the biggst lefty in the British army. Being Germany, quite a lot of them had obsessive collections regarding nazi regalia and uniforms. tell you what, it scared the shit out of me and I ought to thank them because I have kept to the sane side of the political fence ever since so if you are reading this and you know who you are! cheers for unintentionally enlightening me! Anyway, did the army shape or change your political world view and why?