The Armed forces work in the service of their country to defend its people and they also support international peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts across the globe. In the UK officers are employed by the Ministry of Defence in the Army, Royal Air Force (RAF), Royal Navy and Royal Marines.
Be strong when you are weak, brave when you are scared and humble when you are victorious. Fear is a reaction, courage is a decision. There are over 200 jobs within the Armed forces. Apprenticeships can range anywhere from Infantry Soldier to Dental Nurse or Plumber.
The bond you will make in the army with your team mates is unbreakable, like no other friendship in the civilian world. Discipline will be ground into you. You will gain physical strength, endurance, knowledge, and spirit quickly. Day by day, morning and night, you will be pushed to do more than you think you can. You will stand tall and look sharp and be proud.
An Apprenticeship in the Military will be challenging, testing your physical ability in ways you didn’t think were possible but it will be worth it. Consequently, you will gain an insight into what motivates you and others, develop self-confidence, learn management and leadership techniques and have fun at the same time. The Armed forces will also assist in you recognising your capabilities under different kinds of pressure, as well as learning the value of discipline, team-work, and applying yourself with limited resources.
Conscription – 100 years on
Lets rewind to World War 1 where 44% of all British soldiers were conscripted, this means that the enlistment was forced, there was no option or choice. The First World War conscription was initially restricted to childless men, between 18 and 41 a revision to the legislation changed this, and forced fathers across the country to enlist and raising the age to 51. The British Government forced to introduce conscription despite the controversy, a move that ran entirely against the liberal traditions of British life. The punishments for conscientious objectors were harsh. William Harrison, who went to prison because he refused to have anything to do with the war because he was a pacifist whose deep religious beliefs told him that killing was wrong.
Now fast forward to today, the times really have changed. Now a far cry away from the desperate measures used back in 1916 when the act of conscription was issued. Today options are varied, choices are respected and support is there.
First ask yourself: Why do I want to join? If you can’t answer this question, then you need to take the time to consider it carefully. Do you want to answer the call to serve your country, take a stand against terrorism, receive educational and monetary benefits that can last a lifetime, personal satisfaction and pride, maybe it’s a family tradition or a devotion to duty, do you want to learn new useful skills? All this can be accomplished with an Apprenticeship in the Military.