Well, the group I have at the moment have just returned from 2 weeks duty at Royal International Air Tattoo. A long grind of a job they tell me but as well as that, it means they pass out as technicians 2 weeks later than they should, thereby effectively losing 2 weeks of the pay-rise they are due to receive upon successful completion of their course.
Today they were told that they are going to support the money-making racket which is the olympics, for a further SIX WEEKS, meaning that they lose, in total, two months worth if increased pay. In addition, most of them have overseas holidays booked for the first and second week in August which is when we close down for their Summer leave. Being students they have no choice but to take leave when the College dictates, so it now transpires that they will lose the money they've already paid for their holidays, and all thanks to a miserable slime-ball who thought he could get 10000 guards at a pay rate of Ã‚Â£6 per hour and who, when questioned by Keith Vaz, insisted that the Ã‚Â£57 million "management fee" he just picked up was "justified" because of all his "work" and wouldn't be relinquished.
It now appears that Theresa May told lies in Parliament the other day (there's a surprise) and in fact we now discover that she had known about the projected shortfall quite some time ago.
My students have been told to consider themselves lucky that they haven't just completed a tour in Afghanistan or have been made redundant. How's that for generating morale.
If the exigencies of war demand it, then our service personnel always have, and always will, step up to the plate, but this seems to me to be a case of mis-using them so that those who have made money in this debacle will continue to make money.
Britain is, at the moment, the laughing stock of the world, but do these people care? No, not so long as they are raking in the money.
Who would be a member of the armed forces these days?
Yes, it's a rant, but my students aren't allowed to rant, so I'm letting off steam for them.