Many of the UK’s elite forces troops are being lured away from service to their country to join private security firms for more money and less risk.
There, it’s good to see true capitalism at work.
Then there’s the horrific statistic that one in five of our elite troops will either be killed or suffer from a ‘life-changing’ wounding. That is twice the rate of the ‘decimation’ (one in ten) that is used to describe a rout.
According to Sky News, of the UK elite troops 570 Royal Marines left their service and the 2d and 3rd battalions of the Parachute Regiment lost 170 of their young people between 2009 and 2011 to premature voluntary release and medical discharge. This is about double the average rate.
The loss of these people, especially the corporals and sergeants, says Julian Thompson commander of 3 Commando during the Falklands War “rips the skeleton” from the forces.
Many of those that leave are finding their way to very well paid jobs like protecting ships from piracy in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.
Yes they were trained and paid for to be elite by the UK taxpayer. But banks train and pay their top bankers to be elite but they also pay them huge amounts as well. And they don’t have to occasionally stare down the business end of an AK-47 (more’s the pity).
But that’s not really the point. Servicemen are usually very happy to serve as long as they believe they are getting a fair deal. Maybe the servicemen that are leaving the Paras and Royal Marines for juicily paid jobs are doing so for much deeper reasons than the lure of a quick buck.