Essay: Why Do Men And Women Join The Army

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Why do men and women join the Army? What does it mean to be a British Soldier? What gives these men and women purpose? What makes a soldier sacrifice their lives to defend the realm? How can we continue to recruit these men and women into our Armed Forces? It is beyond the scope of this essay to answer all these questions, as these are complex subjects, not least because soldiering is a multi-faceted profession and a unique way of life. This essay will approach from the perspective of what young men and women need in jobs, career and vocation, and how to effectively exploit measures to attract these individuals into the Army.

“The soldier is the Army. No Army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country” (George S Patton, 1947)

The history of joining or recruitment for the Army dates back to 1754 (Chandler, 2003) and various iterations of these processes have occurred over the last two centuries up to and including the current method. The iterations of the recruitment processes have based upon two key areas; volunteers and conscription also known as National Service, with the last Serviceman being released from National Service in 1963. During both the first and second world wars, recruitment was driven by
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In the lives of everyone the mission is to be happy and productive, the key to this is employment satisfaction. While at first the job may not influence on the overall outlook of life, it could be changed into a career of dreams with the correct guidance and support. While it is not the responsibility of the Army to ensure every soldier is completely satisfied with their employment, if we enable the individual to take personal responsibility by understanding the ingredients to their futures; this will only benefit the Army by employing satisfied and motivated

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