Has anyone watched this series? Surprisingly compelling documentary about young recruits doing basic training and going on into their regiments after that.
Unlike watching the Paras documentary, P Company etc (which seems designed (understandably) to take borderline psychos and make them into incredibly fit complete psychos who are ready to kill very effectively and quickly and then to beat each other to shit and laugh it off), this is a little less ambitious.
It is a company of school leavers who come from various walks of life with various backgrounds and ambitions. They are not uniformly fit or aggressive or even impressive. We see so much about elite military wossname that one forgets how many members of our armed forces are not elite infantry superheros. Many are Christopher Biggins-esque plodder types who want to be in the Army Medical Corps or catering. Running round the parade ground without tripping over their shoelaces is a challenge.
They seem very young, and are no older than my younger child with the odd exception. Quite a few have taken this route in preference to the alternative of fuck all. Some feel they must succeed or they will be thrown back into "civvy street" and that's unthinkably stabby and pointless.
It fails some but succeeds with many. I'm impressed by the management and leadership from the training staff at Harrogate.