There are already serving vegans in the armed forces, are you saying they should quit?
There are many different reasons why some people became vegan
Incorrect, not least as many young people can become familiar with firearms in the various cadet forcess
We may not need to project power but as a seaborne trading nation we do have wider concerns about protecting sea lanes & the ability to trade
And as a member of NATO we have other responsibilities
There are already serving vegans in a number of armed services
There is no evidence I am aware of that stops them from killing other humans who have made a sentient choice to be involved in combat, killing animals who have no choice is a different matter
You can also become vegan for a number of reasons not just for ideological reasons about killing animals
But if we want to be able to attract as many people as possible into the armed forces we may need to be able to attract people with changing lifestyles. The vegan boots quote was a way of asking that question.
There may be an argument that some roles are not suitable for vegans but many I am sure are and could be catered for especially on larger ships and at airfields.
Jack, I do not disagree about cuts, there is a large gap between rhetoric and reality when it comes to the Conservatives and defense. It is one reason why I wrote the article as the subject has not been discussed much recently on this site.
I wrote this article a few weeks ago, just before there were newspaper reports that the recruitment numbers had stopped getting worse as a result of changes to the recruitment process but we shall see when the next set of numbers come out whether they really worked or not. In part the failure of the Capita contract is one reason for our recruitment challenges.
The vegan boots issue is really about how we attract today's younger generations into the armed services and some of them will be vegetarians/vegans etc and how we can make the armed services an attractive career option for all. I am not sure we can afford to discount a growing part of the population when it comes to recruitment for increasingly complex roles given recruitment shortages.
I had forgotten about those boots, I grew up in part in Singapore in the late 70's/early 80's and I am sure I owned or wore something similar on school trips into the jungle.
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