Some rather enlightened British commanders in the field have been getting the lads together at regular intervals to sit down and go through recent events amongst their fighting peers. This is also having a positive effect whilst in the thick of it. It was done at CIMIC House by the PWRR Commander, and I think other units are copying the idea.
After a horrendous tour in early 70s in NI I was dumped outside of my pad still wearing some cam on my face as, I done my last Patrol less than four hours before.
I was welcomed into the loving nest that I had built for myself, had a shower, fell asleep at the meal that was put before me, Drunk far too much beer, and as I had had little alcohol in the months before, I quickly fell into a stupor.
Woke in the middle of the night, fought for my life in my nightmare, only to find that I had beaten up the only friend that I have in the whole world, Children screaming, neighbours complaining, guardroom commander taking the hiss, commanding officer indifferent, Two days later sent to UK on trade training, No leave, no time off, training takes over, in Larkhill on training course found myself wondering the streets, cant remember why. I´m still trying to work out what happened when That bomb went off, Was I really there, why did I have to remove those body parts ? F*ck I´m only 22 years old!! SH*t.Sh*t mustnt show that Im in a state, To-night I´ll get drunk with my mates, go down town, kick someones head in, smash a couple of windows, thatll sort me out.
Boy, how times have changed and thank god that you boys are looked after a bit better.