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Reader’s Comment: Girl soldiers could not have survived the ‘Final Fling’


In response to Mark Ellse: The lesson of Deepcut. Women don’t have the strength to serve on the front line, 5th column traitors wrote:

I trained at Ashvale in the 1980s, which is not very far away from Deepcut (indeed we got the pleasure of visiting it once or twice). We were all pretty fit young males when we entered (the physical entrance test was very demanding) but simply put it was a brutal and savage 8 weeks that pushed us 17-year-old males to the very limit of our endurance and physical capabilities, so much so that 25 per cent never made it to the end. Disputes and arguments among us recruits were sorted out in the gym boxing ring. Disputes between recruits and training NCOs were sorted out by the recruits being pushed even harder for hours on end, day and night.

The “grande finale” was an exercise called “Final Fling” that required us to stay awake (and I do mean awake, even the slightest hint of a snooze would mean failure and “back squadding”) for 5 days and 4 nights of constant digging in and moving out in full combat gear with NBC noddy suits whilst under continuous “enemy attacks”. It was necessary to complete this without complaint, or becoming psychotic.

There were no females allowed on the camp, at all.

I do not wish to sound all macho and misogynistic, but while there are possibly females that could have taken the physical punishment, I do not know of a single female who could have stood (or would have wanted to stand) both the physical and mental brutality for those 8 weeks.

I suspect the training now is somewhat softer.


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