As army recruitment numbers fall through the floor on both sides of the Atlantic it has been revealed that over 1,000 troops have deserted from the British Army since the invasion of Iraq began.
The Ministry of Defence have been quick to counter the claims stating that there are no ‘hard facts’ that desertion levels are on the rise and even, laughably claim that they don’t keep records on whether levels of desertion are rising or not.
Without wishing to sound presumptious the void suggests that the Ministry counts how many people are actually in the army and how many people should be in the army. The disparity between the two figures will show the rate of desertion. If you did this every year, then you would be able to find out whether that number is rising or falling … just to clarify, a larger number of missing troops than the year before means that the rate of desertion has risen and a smaller number means that the rate of desertion has fallen … just trying to help like.
It seems that 900 deserters are currently on the run and Labour MP John McDonnell told Parliament this week there had been a tripling in cases over the past three years.
Former SAS member Ben Griffin, who was allowed to leave the sevice after refusing to go back to Iraq has said
“I was disturbed by the general day-to-day attitude of the American troops. They treated Iraqis with contempt, not like human beings. They had a complete disregard for Iraqi lives and property.”
The state is fighting back with new legislation which threatens life imprisonment for any soldiers going AWOL to avoid serving during a military occupation.
So don’t join up kids, it ain’t Top Gun and once they’ve got ya they’ve got ya!