Explorer scouts to train in counter-terrorism

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  1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/5331188/Boy-Scouts-train-for-badge-in-anti-terrorism.html

    Thousands of teenagers are participating in a law enforcement programme designed to give them the skills to counter terrorism, illegal immigration and gunmen on university campuses.

    Around 35,000 "Explorer" scouts aged from 14 to 21 are currently in the "law enforcement exploring" programme across America.

    The project is run by Learning For Life, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America organisation, and open to both girls and boys who want to learn the ropes of modern policing.

    Exploring units, called "posts", usually focus on a single career field such as police, engineering, health or aviation.

    Law enforcement is by the most popular option and often involves an attachment with the local FBI or police.

    Many agencies, such as the Border Patrol, are heavily involved in shaping the activities and admit they see the programme as a useful recruitment tool.

    Although law enforcement exploring originally stuck to learning the policing basics, organisers say the training has become more specialised since the September 11 attacks and growing violence on the Mexican border.

    "This is about being a true-blooded American guy and girl. It fits right in with the honour and bravery of the Boy Scouts," AJ Lowenthal, a sheriff's deputy and Explorer leader in Imperial, California, told the New York Times.

    Only in America, eh?
  2. I dont think its anyworse than all the army cadets in the uk that can undertake a section attack.
  3. Sounds like someone over there has been watching Red Dawn a leeetle too often.
  4. Many of my cadets were of middle eastern or central european origin and spoke a bewildering array of Langugaues

    They were also street wise Londoners.......

    With a liking for handguns.....

    I can see a plan here, do the SRR want to sponser a cadet unit?

  5. Although it's American, which usually makes me pour scorn on it, I don't think it's that bad an idea.

    Lots of kids being taught the principles of enforcing the law / anti terrorism and then deciding to go for a career as Police or Military. Not exactly a bad role model.