Hi, Dan Damon here from World Update
Next week we’ll be taking a look at bravery in war.
We know that low-tech ‘asymmetric’ warfare has replaced the conventional fighting of past wars.
As the nature of warfare has changed, so have the risks involved in military service.
When talking about UK forces, former UN commander, Bob Stewart, says,
“The people doing the real business fighting in Afghanistan are probably only two thousand. In a tour of six months, those two thousand will not only see a lot of fighting, but their chances of being hurt are probably ten percent – killed or wounded – ten percent. “
The term bravery has also been used when talking about the soldiers who refuse to fight.
Some soldiers, like Joe Glenton, who went AWOL after serving in Afghanistan and was demoted and sentenced to 9 months in the glasshouse, believe it is brave to stand up to the establishment.
Do you agree?
How do you think bravery affects recruitment, and do today’s soldiers have to be braver than those who signed up a generation ago?