The Military has a Problem and I Know How to Fix it | Joshua R. K. Howard

What does a rainbow flag have to do with kicking doors down and closing with the enemy? Answer: nothing, it is political correctness in a visual format.

One thing that has become apparent through this pandemic is that we are a nation, we share a national space and regardless of your religion, your ethnic background or your political orientation, everyone is in the firing line. We have finally been exposed as one people, which brings me back to the flag; the military does not require the forced adaptation to what is deemed, by the Liberal establishment, to be politically correct. What it requires is people. Proud people.

There was a decrease of 2,630 (1.9%) full-time military personnel at the beginning of 2020. The same time the previous year saw a decrease of 2,270 (1.7%) and in 2018, there was a decrease of 2,150 (1.5%) in full time military personnel. The BBC reported last year that the military had suffered its ninth consecutive year in which its manpower decreased. The most recent ‘Snowflake’ campaign adverts give me the impression that the top brass think that this is the military’s fault and they must adapt; it isn’t, and they mustn’t.

The reason why people are not joining the Armed Forces, nor are they staying, comes down to a few factors but I think it is primarily the result of years of national degradation and societal degeneration. We have produced a generation of complacent, snowflake, PlayStation addicts whose primary concern is with who will be evicted from Love Island next week, with zero compulsion to contribute anything meaningful to society. This has not come from the military; we have done this; we created this.

The education the children of this country receive is becoming increasingly unhelpful – to put it mildly. Consider ‘Blighty’, a Winston Churchill-themed café that was stormed by nine student activists, back in 2018, led by Halimo Hussein, the co-president of Equality and Liberation at The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. One protester proclaimed that “we cannot accept the unashamed colonial and gentrifying presence of this café” after which the group simultaneously exclaimed, “you will never make colonialism palatable”. They also went on to call Winston Churchill a racist. Now, the point I am trying to make here is that Halimo Hussein is the daughter of a family that fled the civil war in Somalia and were welcomed into Great Britain. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but I highly doubt that, had that man not led this nation to victory against the military and economic superpower of Hitler’s Germany, there’d be space for anti-western Somalian migrants in a Europe under the jackboots of Nazi tyranny – which begs the question: what on earth have her professors been teaching her? This sort of national-desecration and historical-redefinition is not just confined to universities either. It was reported in several media outlets only the other day that Churchill’s legacy is being tarnished, in secondary schools, by lesson plans that suggest he “made lame, drunken speeches and was less important to British history than Sir Bob Geldof.”

Regardless of how you view the past, this sort of anti-British sentiment that is prevalent in academia is tremendously devastating to the cohesive function of our society and, if to be believed by our students, produces men and women who have nothing but disdain for their own country.

We need a common purpose. Our society has become increasingly fractured, divided by religious, racial, and political lines. It must stop before we have to start building concrete walls to separate us in order to prevent conflict; as has been done in Northern Ireland. I propose we bring back national service—but with a twist. Instead of just recruiting people into Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, we should have a ‘National Public Service’ and give students the choice of whether to join the NHS, Police, Fire Service, or indeed, the Armed Forces. After having spent two years in one of these roles, it will be much easier to find willing recruits, from Britain, for all roles. It will bring poverty-stricken Brits up the socio-economic ladder and, probably most importantly, will give the people of this nation—regardless of their race, their religion, sexual or political orientations—something they can share in common: the nation-state; and their contribution towards it.

Joshua R. K. Howard is a pseudonym. 

Photo by Joshua R. K. Howard.

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