Strictly for the oldies
Started: 9th Nov 2006 at 19:27
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Getwom, I was a first misser for N/S but all my mates a few months older than me went, Sooooo I went to Manchester and signed on BEST years of my life, I was in with quite a few N/S men the vast majority loved it, a few did not, and it was those few that did not like owt, and would find fault with a large lottery win ( why cud it not be a million) never staisfied wi nowt, I would LOVE to go back and do it all again
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Twozero, I'm not surprised your not having much luck finding old friends, have you checked your bio.It seems like your not the man you once were.
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But they cant be members of the Boys Brigade can they.
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Back to the original question I registered for the Air force But they wouldn't take me because at that time they were phasing conscription out and the letter I got said that due to my work as a fireman on the railway I could not be considered for the armed forces, so I never got to go up in the world.
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I bet she/he will put us to rights as soon as whoever logs on, I must admit im a bit perplexed because I think Wallace is a bisexual name.
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I must agree with everything you say there Getwom 50s and 60s were the best
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i served two years in the raf,the biggest mistake was coming out.i had three meals a day plenty of exercise,if you could play sport you had cracked it,i played foot ball representing bomber command,and at weekend guested for cambridge city[could not be paid,but helped if you sock was handy]i think it would do the youth of today good[but keep mrs blaire and the do-gooders away]
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I registered when I was 18,as was your obligation,but because I was serving an apprenticeship I was deemed to be in a reserve occupation.I duly turned up at the Labour Exchange each year to renew my registration or whatever but as National Service ended before my apprenticeship I missed out and anyway with my medical history they would probably have rejected me.A lot of my friends at my age or even younger got called up because I started serving my time,as it known then,at 17 so I was a year behind them,I remember one bloke who cried when he got his papers,his mother reckoned he was too delicate but they put in the RAF.There were quite a few anomalies for the conscripts,for example my mate was a fitter and turner so they put in communications,my brother-in-law was a carpenter,he finished up in the catering corps.Two of my older brothers-in-law were "Bevan Boys",they didn't want go into the armed services so they opted for the coalpits,but to me it didn't seem much of an alternative,just as dangerous either way.
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I have a very good friend who worked in the pit in barnsley Greyhound, and he did what you did, he said it was the only way he could have 3 square meals a day a guaranteed wage and a chance to see the world at the countries expense he did 9 years met his wife there and only came out on medical grounds. He still attends all the get togethers that the York and Lancs have especially a regimental dinner every St Georges day which I have attended as a guest, the atmosphere at one of these does is electric so much camaraderie it makes me wish that I had been one of them ,so don't you think that the young of today could benefit just as well.
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1944 left school, went away to sea(fleetwood and hull trawlers)1947 went into the royal navy(volunteered-bad carreer move)1949 went into the merchant navy, untill i met my future wife edna.in all just over twenty years. so whats my point...in all of these work experiences, self discipline was a must, and very soon became a natural thing with you.you had a respect for others, and in turn they for you...you were in fact a team player.i wasnt called up, i volunteered, but to answer the question, two years call up would benefit the younger element in our society, who know very little, or nothing at all about personel responsibility.
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in my opinion.
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as for the expense involved???in most major conflicts this country has been involved in, we have been for the most part dependant on the yanks for equiptment and stores. this is highlighted in this present fiasco in iraq. time and time again in the second world war, the brit advance was held up waiting for fresh equiptment,along came the yanks and away we went. it has always been the problem with this and any other shade of gov, they scrimp like h**l on the services,we are told we are the best equipt in the world???tell that to the lads/lasses in the front line were it matters, and they will laugh their socks off. thanks to the internet, its a much smaller world now, and communication is a blip away, soething the politicians should bear in mind with their daily output of SPINNNN.
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where the jack daniels.
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Aitch, you got it wrong again, Wallace is Male, Wallis is female, wot skool did yu go to, I have told you Mine was an approved one, (school) so I should know, and lets for gods sake get rid of these P.C. people, they are really evil. cheers me dears.
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spent a couple of hours at the miners club in leigh this lunchtime.the leigh MP
andy burnham organised a veterans get together. a running buffet was put on, but it was a minefield trying to get to the table when the green light went up.[;D]
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Twozero on your biography details you have classed yourself as female, ??????.
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Aitch, thanks for that I did not know, but once again it will be a computer error, I will have to try and remember what to do to alter it cheers me dears
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twozero , top left on the page, you'll see " twozero's wiganworld". Click on that & alter your details
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Had a call from a mate last night he's a serving R.S.M. in the guards and i asked him what was the thoughts of the men in the army now about N.S., he said most officers and men don't like the idea because if they are forced into service most of them resent it and make it hard work for all concerned,But if a lad or girl joins up off thier own back and is keen they make better soldiers.Plus he said, they (conscripts) can be a danger to themselves and others just out of resentment and it's not what the army wants and need.And he said you would be amazed at the intake of young men and women in the past 3 years in the Army alone, A few hundred in the Grenadiers since the middle of Sept.
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that surprises me. in the daily blats a couple of weeks ago, the mod was on a recruiting campaign abroad???what the h**l is going on in our services these days?mod is spinning one thing, the lads themselves via the e.mails home are saying something totaly different.
i know who i would believe.
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Hello Billy,There's never enough boots in the mud/sand for the MOD Billy and they don't like to give a pat on the back to young recruits so they are always on a drive to "get some in".I say good luck and god protect them all,We still have the finest most disaplined Army the world has seen.It's the W.O.'s and N.C.O.'s who know what's what and they look after the welfare of these youngsters in peace or conflict,The chaps with scrambled egg on their hats just look good for the media."nuff said".How's the day gone for yer bill,i think we can say winter is upon us.
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g/day to you 59.
i concur wholeheartedly with everything you said.we are the best, nay, i would say the very very best when you take into account the equiptment we have, or should i say the lack of equiptment, and yet,which army in the world, would any other army have alongside them in any conflict...the brits.
i dont know if you are that old x59 to remember the korean conflict,the big retreat at tis particulat time when the yanks were in full flight, remember? the whole front would have collapsed. what was needed was a force to dig in and hold up the chinese drive...of all the allied armies in korea, it was the GLORIOUS GLOUCESTERS, who were told to stand and fight, whilst the rest of the allied armies could regroup and make a stand.its saddens me today, to have to listen to so much political b**l about our brave lads. if theres any spin to be got out of the victories of the brit servicemen,the political suits are in there rapid. remember thatcher after the falklands were retaken, she had a ball. she sounded off like she had done the fighting, and she had chased the argies out.i have passed x servicemen on the streets of london, begging for a cuppa,why is this???the newcomers have advisers to fall back on when arriving here, why cant these lads get the same advice. the man that goes into action situations, is never again the same man. his whole personality changes, thats why so many returning soldiers end up getting divorces.sad, very sad.
i will and always have worn my poppy with pride, in fact, i feel 7 feet tall when wearing it...woe betide the a******e that tells me it aint conjunctive now with our diverse communities
Replied: 12th Nov 2006 at 11:32
well getwom don,t know if the country can afford to have national service or not but can the country afford to have all those people in prison? i,m sure quite a few of those people would not be there if there was national service(and i don,t mean they would be dead either before anyone suggests that).the trouble is today there is not enough disipline any where.there are to many do gooders.and i must admit that some of the girls are worse than lads.
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