From the Blatantly Obvious Science Labs

Young convicts who have served time in jail are better suited to army life than today's ordinary teenagers, according to research by Britain's Ministry of Defence. Recruits joining the military are increasingly self-absorbed and undisciplined [ d' oh! ] according to the study: Culture Shock and the British Infantry Recruit [ is there a copy online? ]..
This detailed study [ at no small expense, no doubt ] " found that those recruits who have been introduced to a disciplined lifestyle - from detention within a young offender's institution, time spent away from home or taking part in team sports - were more likely to cope successfully with army basic training. " [ Gee, yuh think? ]

So, the best army soldiers come from kids who were soccer playing anti-social types thrown out of their homes by frustrated parents..

works for me...

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