FORMER MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH ARMED FORCES AND WHY THERE ARE SO MANY OF ITS MALE MEMBERS IN UK CIVILIAN PRISIONS

Some time ago, I wrote this story

NAVAL PRISONS AND NAVAL DETENTION QUARTERS

Over the many years since the times covered by this story, the calibre of personnel serving in the uk armed forces has been of a generally higher degree, simply meeting and matching the calibre of uk personnel employed in the civilian work force..  Some of you reading this will remember the times when the saying "the fleet's in....lock up your daughters" really was a warning only the foolish would ignore.  Today, fortunately, by and large our soldiers, sailors and airmen appear to conduct themselves following the norms of society (whether they are considered good or bad) rather than that of a naval or a military society which often was seen as confrontational, with uniforms acting as provocative 'war dress' to civilians, who also i might add, were out looking for trouble.. The cessation of wearing a uniform when ashore (brought on by social changes and by the ira main land bombing campaign) did much to lessen the tension in naval ports as did the numbers which were reducing continuously on an annual basis with the cuts in the mod budgets, but it was the changing calibre of the recruits which brought about a more couth naval lower deck.

Whether you agree or not with the foregoing paragraph, statistics show this to be the case on the surface, but when digging deeper, one might be surprised at the results found.

On Armistice day 2009 an investigation was ordered into why we had so many ex members of our armed forces in trouble with the police and the law, resulting in court appearances and prison sentences. from that came the proverbial problem of re-offending, with what had been good quality high calibre recruits changing into hardened criminals.

This paper is a long read, but one which all ex servicemen (and some women) should read - for the most part.  It will certainly open your eyes as to what is going on today, in the second decade of the 21st century, with, if this keeps up, worrying consequences.

Anyway have a read of this

https://howardleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Leaving-Forces-Life.pdf

https://howardleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Leave-No-Veteran-Behind-.pdf