posted on Jun, 14 2006 @ 08:43 PM
Wow that's some interpretation you've put on this story! 2+2=648??
They haven't 'run away' at all - that's just provocative BS you've chosen to gain some attention. There are NOT 16,000 deserters!!!!!
There's a few things you have to understand.
Until called up every TA soldier can resign at any time.
Previously the TA were an essential part of the UK Army to be deployed as units in a central European war / home defence. Indeed the only time you
could be called up to your unit and deployed was by Royal Warrant (ie a very serious situation) once that happened you were under military law and any
absence would be AWOL.
My unit trained to fight the Russians and we all accepted that if we were activated the situation would be dire.
Now the TA are deployed in little packets to support / bolster the Regulars - so you don't get deployed as a unit. There is a massive difference in
motivation - would you want to be the 3 out of 30 in a unit who were 'strangers'?
In general the TA are more mature, have more life experience, and (ducks) are generally more intelligent than the Regulars.
Given the unpopularity of the Iraq war, the abuse of the TA unit structure and the fact that the UK Govt has a record of ignoring TA soldiers medical
and mental needs after combat I'm surprised they can still get close to their planned manning levels.
I suspect many TA feel as I do - I was quite happy to die defending my country if needed but I certainly wouldn't take the same risks to further
GWB's imperialist expansion.
RE New Orleans - yeah very funny - my unit were proud to wear the 'Brandywine' flash, read below for the history