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New Recruits

  • Alice McDermott
  • Interview by: Jess Boydon


At Holton, we're dealing more with the recruits.

Often, one of the things as we have session with them

when they've just been out learning

to shoot their weapons for the first time.

And then at that point, we bring in the teaching on just war

and, you know, using force that's proportionate.

And we get them to explore this themselves.

Because course they come back

and they've run around with guns.

And they're, like, yeah, aaargh.

And so, and we kind of bring the reality, okay,

you knew that was all just pretend,

and they were blanks.

Now think you are now an armed combatant

and her majesties swore the Airforce.

You find yourself out in operations.

And you find yourself in this situation.

You know, we want to bring the gravity of the situation

to them so they recognize the importance.

'Cause some of them are 17 years old.

You know, I've got to say when I was 17, 18,

when I was 18 and I got my Cadetship,

I really didn't know what I was signing up to really.

I thought that I knew all.

And I hated those people that told me at 17, 18,

I didn't have life experience.

I think it's amazing the energy that young people bring.

But it's also important that we've got this mix of people

with experience that can grown them in their reality

of what might happen.

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