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Dangerous trade — 11 Comments

  1. Sadly Afghanistan is where we SHOULD have placed our focus in the first place and had a good crack at actually banishing the Taliban and possibly finding Osama bin Laden . .I fear it’s too late now. We’ll be sending more to Afghanistan as will the US but it seems a winless war. I admire those who soldier but could never do it myself. The army does offer a unique culture though. My cousin in law reached the level of General and now misses the action incredibly (he retired a couple of years ago after engagements in both the Middle East and Timor. It’s a different world.

  2. I think in a strange sort of way it provides a set of rules and boundaries to many young people who crave a discipline in life that they have never had.

  3. As an ex-regular serviceman I concur with what Ian has said. Those that have never had experience in the armed forces can never understand what service life is about.
    When you join up you are aware that at some time you may well be involved in combat of some sort, this is an accepted fact of life as is the discipline and often discomforts that go with service life, but again as Ian said the camaraderie will never be found outside the armed forces.

  4. Maybe scouting offers similar benefits without the violence? If you’re looking for camaraderie, a sense of belonging and a set of values that have nothing to do with commercial worth, you can find them in the scouts.

  5. I think it’s adversity that binds people together. The best non-violent experiences to create such a bond are maybe working with Medecins Sans Frontieres or the Red Cross in some parts of Africa.

  6. I agree with the your sentiments within this article
    I had once thought about joining the army – mainly for the
    Travel and the exciting life ( in comparsion to civilian
    life that is). I had also thought about joining the navy – and perhaps might still join it – for all the reasons above.

  7. I have colleagues who joined the chaplains’ branch and are now coming out having done something in the twenty-odd years I have spent drinking tea and working at fetes.

  8. Well, when talking about careers- mum used to always
    ask and put forward the option of the ministry. I never
    felt the calling and also i never wanted to join it because
    of the very reason you mentioned above. It just seemed to tame
    for me. Im sure its an interesting and rewarding vocation,perhaps
    missionary work would be more challeging. I never found the idea
    of organising cake sales, the annual christmas auction or the
    senior citizens outing very appealing. I know this is the kind of things that go on in most churches- while all fine and good, they offer little in the way of challenge or excitement.

  9. I think my wife would probably talk about much more exciting ministry than I would, I’m afraid I’m a plodder. She is central director of ordinands and has overseen the production of a DVD called ‘As I am’, which is about vocations to ordination (amongst people who don’t spend the week getting ready for the fete!)

  10. well, theres nothing wrong with being a plodder- i have the ideas but never seem to get around to them, so i ended up plodding along too ! That sounds an interesting line of work,
    that dvd is quite good im sure.

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