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This review is from: National Service: From Aldershot to Aden: tales from the conscripts, 1946-62 (Paperback)
I served in the army, as a regular, '56-'59 along side N.S. lads.. I do not remember anyone having a fall out or serious argument even. Book gives a good impression of what life was like in those days , plenty of laughs were had because even after having been shouted and yelled at, and made to feel a complete pillock all day, though there were jobs to do in the evening, no one took any of the drill pigs seriously. We all knew we would be posted after 6 weeks, and as was written behind one of the toilet doors " don't worry, even gobsh*tes pass out " all perfectly true. I can understand some lads who had never been anywhere or done anything wondering what the hell at hit them.
A good read and it certainly brought back some memories
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Initial post: 17 Jun 2014 16:21:30 BDT
Jim's review, basically only refers to the initial cliché square-bashing period. Once out of training, life for the National Serviceman, no matter which service he was called up to serve in, became a totally new experience.
This was especially so for the majority who; unlike today's much travelled, and frequently completely independent youth, were now away from their home and family for the first time.
In those times foreign holidays were the preserve of the rich, and those servicemen who were posted overseas were doubly fortunate; not just visiting, but living in a foreign country; albeit under the care of 'the mob'.
Little wonder then,that even the most rebellious of young servicemen, on leaving 'the mob', looked back on it in retrospect as one of the best times of their life, and one they were glad not to have missed.
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