http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006080139,00.html If the potential recruit can't tell the difference between a TV show based on training from the 1950's, and real life, do we really want them anyway? or is it a sign of how misunderstood the army is, with our lovely tabloid papers telling everyone (with regret of course) just how terrible we are? By TOM NEWTON DUNN Defence Editor TOP brass are fuming after learning that TVâs Bad Lads Army show has slashed REAL recruiting. Chiefs have now banned ALL serving soldiers and officers from taking part in the prime-time hit â otherwise they face the threat of a court martial. A leaked internal memo reveals commanders have found that viewers muddled the reality series, based on 1950s army life, with modern military training. Brigadier Robbie Scott-Bowden, director of infantry, says: âPolling in the wake of the previous series indicates the public confused images of this historical reality show with todayâs Army.â The mental torture and abuse is behaviour completely at odds with todayâs training and treatment of recruits, he adds.