The 'What did they die for' thread

Why would you have died for the army?

  • To get away from an abusive family

    Votes: 5 4.5%
  • To get away from a place with no job prospects

    Votes: 27 24.5%
  • To avoid ending up in prison through bad life choices

    Votes: 5 4.5%
  • Because they had no education to speak of

    Votes: 4 3.6%
  • Because life had just shat them out and they had no other option available to them

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • Because they were in a rut and couldn't find another way out

    Votes: 12 10.9%
  • For shits and giggles

    Votes: 56 50.9%

  • Total voters
Out of borstal training at 17, moved to England, got a trainee job in engineering , went to college. Finished exams at 19. Didn't fancy turning out like the students around me, wanted to Skydive , Dive, Climb Ski etc. Spoke with a colleague who was ex REME, advised in no uncertain terms that if thinking of joining up go do it NOW before Civvy Street gets a hold with women wanting houses and kids. Joined up a couple of weeks later, basic training 3 weeks after that. Did everything I wanted to do and never looked back. Queen and Country? A bit time consuming that I had to work as a Soldier for them every so often but rough with the smooth. Early retirement as WOat 15 year point for nice redundancy package.