I can't label it as "child cruelty" because I've seen real child cruelty as have the rest of you.
I've also had people tell me softly paddling a child's behind is cruelty. I think cruelty is a word that is best used when it's really cruelty.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
At 16 I had a tendency to come home from "the movies" totally wasted and at 3am. Pop never said a word but he'd make sure I was up at 6am, had a greasy breakfast and was at some job site by 7am lugging block, cleaning up demo, mixing mud by hand, digging trenches, you name it and I was doing it all day long.
I did Advanced Infantry Training at Ft. Puke back in the day, we did crawl, walk, run to get into shape for the 12 mile road march under ruck. Course we weren't 16 either.
While I never was sent to CCF, I did have a private go there... sounds far more like CCF than 'ground combat school'.
Some others tell tales of what their Daddy did to them and think if the action doesn't rise to their abuse it isn't abuse. My dad (step dad) punched me a few times, once hard enough it knocked me out. I don't hold a grudge but I also don't think a parent should do that as it is abuse.
my thought on dickhead dad... soldiers enlist for such treatment and without approval of an Officer this sort of 'remedial' training wouldn't be dealt out. There is a difference between a minor and an adult.
That father went too far.