I just don't see how we can win and to all intense purposes we are being held to ransom; it seems that everyone is allowed a platform to express opinion except the average white male (of which I am not).
What I will say is that here in this country our average forces personnel are considerably lower paid than, say, our bin collectors (refuse collectors) who tend to work to rule i.e. the bin or trash can has to be closed properly; any sacks or bags of rubbish will not be uplifted etc. That is unacceptable to me....when you are in the forces you can't just put the rifle down and say 'I'm not doing this'; 'Give me this before I do that' etc
...........and as for grown adult men joining the forces and making their own choice despite parents wishes. In the U.K. for a lot of our young lads here, there is no other choice: job prospects are low; peer pressure is high regarding drug or alcohol abuse; abuse at home etc.
And to use a quote from my father who joined the navy at 15 ' I joined the forces to see the world not to fight in a war'...this is probably the mindset of a lot of young men, unfortunately. I wonder how many young soldiers during the Great War and WW2 died with a look of shock on their face???