I actually agree with that position then and now, especially since we've gone to the trouble of improving the quality assurance around the Reg and AR recruitment stream, but the present voluntary outflows cannot be sustained, whilst AR recruitment has to leap forwards considerably just to meet the natural wastage from a significantly aged reserve.It's not worth it I forget the actual stats but less than 1% of the army fail CDT. A lot of young soldiers tell me they joined up to do something with their lives, all they were doing before basic training was hanging around with their chav mates doing ectasy or cannabis (most couldnt afford cocaine). Lets not encourage second chances.
Service values and standards should be adhered to, but I think we also have to acknowledge a social environment that has changed considerably. The MOD changed the rules before to address shortage of trained personnel available for deployment (approx 790 a year through CDT fail and another 800+ with licences lost due to DUI).
In WW2 we gave every Serviceman enough fags to ensure a generation of lung cancer and distributed amphetamines like they were smarties, but times change. However, if fans get full of brown stuff, rules will inevitably get bent again.