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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Answers - #9

Dr Jest asked:
"How much does the regimental tradition still survive with all the political buggering about, and is this(the tradition)for good or ill?"

Yes the regimental tradition survives even though some famous regiments were forced to merge during the last round of tinkering.* Yes I believe the regimental tradition is a good one - every soldier in every infantry battalion is 100% convinced that they are in the best battalion in the whole army. Regimental life brings with it a sense of family that can be very important for both the soldier and his family when he is on operations. It also brings a sense of history and place that I personally believe to be important.

Having said that I really don't believe that soldiers fight for their battalion, regiment or even country most of the time. The soldiers who are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan generally do so well because they are fighting for their mates and they don't want to be the one to let the team down.

* - tinkering that was actually long overdue and has been carried out in a sensible way.


Blogger PI said...

Hi! Just checking you are still around.:)

7:49 am  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Yes Pat - just about - in between holiday, two weeks away with work and then moving house.

7:53 am  
Blogger The Boy said...

Hope its been a good one.

I think the fighting for your mates analogy is a good one. Man generally doesn't really react to issues beyond the monkey next to them they can touch.

9:01 am  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

I'd be a good General I think. They still stay away from the fighting don't they? If so I'd be a very good General.

5:59 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im always touching monkeys next to me, it'll get me into trouble one day.


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