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You seem to have singled out the Armed Forces for bullying. Civilian employers use psychological bullying and denial of skills development, promotion to “hem in the undesirables”. If they do not mistreat employees, why are there many Trade Unions out there to protect employees rights? How do you as pacifists feel about the use of force, which involves killing to liberate somewhere like Buchenwald or Belsen? Surely without the sacrifice of UK, US, Canadian, ANZAC and Soviet soldiers, using violence, millions more would have died. Is it correct to help these people, or simply let their captors gas them? If any recruit (apart from the Medical sphere) thinks that joining the Armed Forces cannot result in him or her having to kill, or partake in the process then he or she is seriously deluded, and believe me would not be given a second interview. Surely if your end aim is peace then maybe moving your attentions to the causes of conflict may bear more fruit.
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The risks of civilian careers. Accepted that civilian careers carry significant physical risks; the web site now mentions this in the relevant articles on risk of physical harm. However, the web site is not attempting to exaggerate the risks of forces careers, only to quantify them. A difficulty is that risk can quickly change if a military emergency such as the Falklands crisis emerges. See the article on the physical risks of army careers and the article on the psychiatric risks of army careers. The psychiatric risks of forces careers are higher than in civilian life in general: see Jones et al (2006) 'The Burden of Psychological Symptoms in UK Armed Forces' Occupational Medicine, vol. 56, p. 326. However, there is also some evidence that deployment can also be beneficial to mental health. The picture is further complicated by evidence that the risk of contracting PTSD and associated symptoms rises with the number of firefights experienced, according to a US study. We are now reviewing some of the more recent literature on this and will update the web site if necessary.
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