Tale of two Boy soldiers

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  1. This brought a tear to my eye. Boy soldiers indeed, Giants amongst men!

    Linky here
  2. You are correct. They weren't boy soldiers as they were both 18.
  3. There seems to be a head of steam growing under the idea that "18 is too young to go in a war."

    Personally i was much more physically resilant then than I was 10 years later, recovered from injuries faster and phys was less of an effort.... so I think some of the sympathy is misplaced.

  4. If you can vote then siurely you are mature enough to go to war
  5. On my 18th birthday I had been in the Army nearly 3 years
  6. We're on about the real army not cadets.
  7. Some of us can rember when you could join at 15
  8. I would argue there is no relationship between the two. fit aggressive young animals, well trained and equipped can go to war. However most 18 year olds do not have a scoobie about politics and the economy...

    At 18 you are fit and you do recover well but you are still a bit soft around the edges. An op tour goes a long way to hardening the edges and means that the 20/25 year old on the second tour is better adjusted and able to use their increasing stamina.
  9. I went into JLR at 15 years 9 months, as soon as my O levels were complete I was on the train for basic.

    When I reached 18 I thought I was old FFS. Its only when you are 20 years older that you realise that you were still a bairn.

    I would rather have done my fighting when I was 18 though, you need blokes with balls of steel and a little less caution than more experienced people have.
  10. I seem to recall that one of the lads we had killed on Granby was 17. I think it was in the blue on blue, but am not 100% sure.
  11. In Charles Whiting's book, 'The Poor Bloody Infantry' there is a bit referring to the Army in the NW Europe campaign, the gist of it saying that the 18-19 year old's were more effective and took more risks that the older mid-twenties soldiers.
  12. Yep, it was in that warrior incident with the A10's (I think). Wasn't there 17 year olds killed in the SA?
  13. I am very good friends with the chap who was the youngest Para who fought in the Falklands, he was in 3 Para, he lost a couple of friends who were also under 18.

    Edited to add, I joined at 16 in 1984.
  14. Well done to you.

    Considering i'm in my forties and was in uniform in 1986 so can I.
  15. Filbert, I have heard a few claims to that particular title. Not debunking your mate but has he got ginger hair and was he a casette head in the RAOC after he left Para Regt? If so I know him too!