Another thing that was in the army's favour in the 80s was the standard of living in civvie street wasn't that great. Having an indoor shitter was a novelty to some.A 26 year old redundant steel worker joined our Bn in 1984. He struggled to settle and only did his 3 plus a couple of 1 year extensions to see a tour out.
He was daft as a brush. I assume that nowadays the recruits get less impact injuries during training otherwise the back squad Pln will be Bn sized and all over 30!
We were spoiled in 80/81, 3 million unemployed and only Paddy to keep us away from Beer and duty free fags.