Arctic raised a relevant point , about looking after squaddies when they leave
Whilst that's an admirable notion, I'm a firm believer in standing on your own two feet
I bought a house at 18, my mams council house and she still lives there . It's not the smartest house in the world but it's bricks and mortar three bed semi .
I have a small runaround car , I have two kids, I can barely afford a night out once a month for me and the wife together do guess what? We don't go
I have a dog, ferrets, sky , mobile phones etc all the necessary items in a modern world
What I haven't done is spend twenty years in the army filling my house with tellies 3 inches bigger than the meighbours , spending 500 on a brand new car on high interest never never, have every gadget under the sun, take my kids nowhere, then suddenly realuse that you've got two years left, nowhere to live, no real quals I can transfer,
This happens time and time again , I see it all the time
Cannot understand why people do it. They expect the world to owe them a living when they leave, their is a scheme at work where you can borrow a deposit for you first home on a minimal loan payback that's taken from your pension. This can be applied for and granted up to your final day of service . Infuriatingly as I have squirrelled away and saved and made good choices early on, I'm not applicable for it, as in I can't have it , which would put me mortgage free
But dickhead whose pissed twenty four years wages up the wall can
Never get taken in by this "we owe our veterans"
I intend to leave with professional engineering qualifications, I want to make it impossible for people not to employ me.
It really makes you wonder what soldiers do with that income whennin reality it's acquired thorough an inversely tangible amount of work ?
My brother says the same. He's done army, foreign legion then marines and he has no time for alot of the ex army sob stories. The switched on lads use their time buying a house, investments and qualifications....they serve their time with an evolving plan for when they leave.
Anyone who has been in a port town when a navy ship is in dock will know that the forces are full of nob heads who if they weren't serving would just be drifting and getting in shit.
That's not taking anything away from those who serve or failing to realise some veterans need help and support.
Edited to say I'm not calling our forces nob heads! I've lots of friends and family who are or have served and I support them unreservedly. And admit I wish I'd had the balls
Edited by DIDO.1, 04 October 2017 - 08:37 pm.