April 30, 2012


Once the person has become a member of its society the standards must be upheld. Soldiers are routinely tested on physical capability and shooting standards. They are educated throughout their career and encouraged to go on promotion courses so they can become better and more experienced members of the society. They will then pass these lessons onto newcomers. If members do well they are rewarded. If they become troublesome they are punished.

All in all they are treated fairly and crucially to the same standards and laws. No single religion or set of beliefs is either preferred or discriminated against. If the wearing of religious symbols or clothing does not restrict the society from progressing or a soldier from doing their work, it is tolerated. The understanding has to come from both parties. The soldier must then also become flexible for the society. They must show the selfless commitment to the team over their own personal beliefs. During the time I was a practicing Muslim in the service I swapped my Christmas Leave for Ramadan. I would then stand guard on the gate over the Christmas holidays which meant little to me but everything for other soldiers.

The military does not tolerate bullying but thankfully lives in the real world where there is no faux shock to nicknames based on skin color. The people who got the most ribbing were the ginger folk; a common insult was “€œfox piss.”€ It was definitely harder being ginger than being brown. But if it starts being seen as bullying by anyone it stops straightaway. It doesn”€™t matter if someone is a poor soldier from the North of England or a posh officer from the South. The same rules apply for anybody.

Everything from nations to private clubs should follow these rules. It works for the military.



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