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Mr.Sausage



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 5:15 pm    Post subject: Please read... Reply with quote

The average British soldier is 19 years old..he is a short haired, well built lad who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears and just old enough to buy a round of drinks but old enough to die for his country and for you. Hes not particularly keen on hard work but hed rather be grafting in Afghanistan than unemployed in the UK . He recently left comprehensive school where he was probably an average student, played some form of sport, drove a ten year old rust bucket, and knew a girl that either broke up with him when he left, or swore to be waiting when he returns home. He moves easily to rock and roll or hip-hop or to the rattle of a 7.62mm machine gun.



He is about a stone lighter than when he left home because he is working or fighting from dawn to dusk and well beyond. He has trouble spelling, so letter writing is a pain for him, but he can strip a rifle in 25 seconds and reassemble it in the dark. He can recite every detail of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either effectively if he has to. He digs trenches and toilets without the aid of machines and can apply first aid like a professional paramedic. He can march until he is told to stop, or stay dead still until he is told to move.




He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation but he is not without a rebellious spirit or a sense of personal dignity. He is confidently self-sufficient. He has two sets of uniform with him: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his water bottle full and his feet dry. He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never forgets to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes and fix his own hurts.. If you are thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food is your food. He'll even share his life-saving ammunition with you in the heat of a firefight if you run low.


He has learned to use his hands like weapons and regards his weapon as an extension of his own hands. He can save your life or he can take it, because that is his job - it's what a soldier does. He often works twice as long and hard as a civilian, draw half the pay and have nowhere to spend it, and can still find black ironic humour in it all. There's an old saying in the British Army: 'If you can't take a joke, you shouldn't have joined!'



He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and he is unashamed to show it or admit it. He feels every bugle note of the 'Last Post' or 'Sunset' vibrate through his body while standing rigidly to attention. He's not afraid to 'Bollock' anyone who shows disrespect when the Regimental Colours are on display or the National Anthem is played; yet in an odd twist, he would defend anyone's right to be an individual. Just as with generations of young people before him, he is paying the price for our freedom. Clean shaven and baby faced he may be, but be prepared to defend yourself if you treat him like a kid.


He is the latest in a long thin line of British Fighting Men that have kept this country free for hundreds of years. He asks for nothing from us except our respect, friendship and understanding. We may not like what he does, but sometimes he doesn't like it either - he just has it to do.. Remember him always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

And now we even have brave young women putting themselves in harm's way, doing their part in this tradition of going to war when our nation's politicians call on us to do so.

When you receive this, please stop for a moment and if you are so inclined, feel free to say a prayer for our troops in the trouble spots of the world.
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ShedaSingapore



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Sausage, that was a good read for me. It was totally heartfelt.
My boyfriend is from Wigan and serving in Afghanistan at the moment.
I won't get to see him until June next year. I respect and admire him for his courage. And yes, I do pray for their safety daily. Will certainly forward your story for him to read.

God Bless ~
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bennielechat



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very poignant Mr Sausage we really shouldn't take our brave soldiers for granted. They have a difficult task at present and we should keep their welfare close to our hearts.
It must be hard for you Sheda not seeing your boyfriend for so long-keep strong for him.
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ShedaSingapore



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're right, Bennie. And I will keep strong, thank you.
We chat on msn whenever he has the chance to get on.
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Tonker



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr. Sausage Jockey says .......

'recently left comprehensive school' - 'He has trouble spelling, so letter writing is a pain for him' - 'unemployed in the UK' - 'He often works twice as long and hard as a civilian' etc..

You see, if he'd listened when he was in school, instead of acting the goat, he wouldn't be in the 5h1tty situation he's in now. Would he?
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Mr.Sausage



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes tonker maybe you are right but they are serving our country more can be said than us when we where that age we where probly drinking i8n bus shelters and going to youth clubs!!! And riding our bikes!!! EEHHHH
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Makes me want to do the same as he's doing! Unfortunately I can't, for two reasons.

One, a person must have 4 years clearance of Athsma to join up. Two, I'd most probably s#@! myself.

I will, however, continue to support our brave servicemen and women.
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Mick



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kanyewes_05 wrote:
Makes me want to do the same as he's doing! Unfortunately I can't, for two reasons.

One, a person must have 4 years clearance of Asthma to join up. Two, I'd most probably s#@! myself.

I will, however, continue to support our brave servicemen and women.


You could tell lies about your Asthma, just them it cleared up now.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

True...but surely they'd test for that?
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Mr.Sausage



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They would, you would have to have a medical i would have thought
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which is where I would fail miserably. Athsma and too many pies.
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reenie



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my heartfelt wishes goes to any-one with relatives srving in the British forces as i know how they feel my son served 24yrs; and was a desert rat as they were called in iraq and now his son my grandson is in and is training at the moment for afghan so all the best wishes to all of them xx
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thouroughly enjoyed reading this article and all your comments.
My heart goes out to all of you who want to see your loved ones return home safely.
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