'One in five soldiers have been verbally abused whilst in uniform'

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  1. It's the Mail, surprisingly...

    'A fifth of soldiers have been verbally abused by strangers while wearing their uniform in public, a poll has found.

    While more than half of servicemen and women have received messages of thanks and support in the past five years, one in 20 has been met with violence or attempted violence because of their job.

    The study, commissioned by Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft, also found that many said frequent changes of address necessitated by their job counted against them in credit checks.

    One in four had been refused a mortgage, loan or credit card in the past five years, while one in five had had trouble getting a mobile phone contract.

    Others revealed fears about life after leaving the forces. More than half worried that employers would not give them a chance, and more junior personnel often feared they would be starting their careers from scratch.

    The research included a survey of more than 9,000 serving personnel, plus focus groups with members of the Army, RAF, Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

    It was conducted with the permission of General Sir David Richards, Chief of the Defence Staff, and with organisational help from the Ministry of Defence.'

    One in five soldiers have been verbally abused by members of public while in uniform | Mail Online

    Any truth to this or total bollocks?
  2. Oh, The abuse was by the public. Was going to tell the victims to "man/woman up" for a mo.
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  3. This was done yesterday.
  4. I've known Cadets that have been heckled about killing babys whilst walking to their detachment. We tell them to cover up as best they can, but there are morons everywhere.
  5. If you don't wish to be abused whilst in green skin, then go out in civvies instead. As for the rest of the article, the DS answer here will be crack on i'm sure, because it was the same for everyone when leaving the cocoon of Army life. Besides, aren't there lots more organisations now to assist soldiers leaving service? Perhaps one of these could help with the transition by giving real and relative advice to the leaver?
  6. TheIronDuke

    TheIronDuke LE Book Reviewer

    If the other four out of five feel they are missing out, please do not hesitate to PM me, yah?

    I live to serve.
  7. Is this 'abuse' as in the the delicate petal that is a public sector worker, or 'abuse' as in 'oi ginger' or singing Status Quo songs about being in the army?
  8. I've been abused whilst in uniform. But I did enjoy it. It was a rubber nurses outfit. Does that count?
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  9. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    Funny my lad never gets heckled on his way to cadets, probably because he's six foot three (and not yet 16).
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  10. I got plenty of abuse when i was in uniform, but i was stood in a doorway on the Lower Falls.
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  11. I was often verbally abused by strangers when I was in uniform. Once when I was ambling towards the airmen's mess for a spot of luncheon I was screamed at by some sort of NCO person, who enquired if I thought I was the ******* Duke of Edinburgh. This at the top of his voice and simply because I had my hands behind my back. Totally over the top, and very embarassing. The man should have joined the army where he belonged, I was a volunteer after all, for heavens sake.
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  12. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    HM Armed forces must have got realy soft if civvies are upsetting soldiers
    If a civvie can out perform an NCO or a gang of lads n the NAFFI bar then something has seriously gone wrong with the system.
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  13. Who hasn't been abused? It was usually some rodent faced Corporal with a porn star moustache, tramp wife and no O levels that had a go at me. More to be pitied than chastised, they didn't know any better the poor loves.
  14. In another shock finding 80% of the public reported being abused by some mouthy little git who needs a slap for asking stupid ******* questions.
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  15. You'd get lynched in the US if you verbalised a member of the forces. Members of the public are constantly thanking blokes in military uniform for their service, the military are positively acknowledged by many organisations and there is an ongoing initiative to employ ex-military personnel. I've even had people ask me if I was in the British army and then shake my hand and thank me for helping the USA, its not British and embarassing at times. At an airport a couple of weeks ago I wander up to the security check queue and one of the TSA people starts chatting to me, ask's me if I had been in the military (wearing a blazer, no Reggie badge) I tell her yes, before I know it she has led me to the employees security check gate avoiding all the queues - would'nt happen at Heathrow.
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