In the aftermath of the battle of Trafalgar, some captured enemy sailors were found to be dressed as circus clowns, this was because a travelling circus had been performing in the Spanish town of Cadiz near the battle site.
These poor guys had gone for a drink after a tough day taming lions, juggling and tumbling, only to wake up aboard a French/Spanish fighting ship heading for big trouble, much worse trouble than taming lions or swallowing swords.
They had of course been 'Press Ganged' something the British Forces also did, the Navy was most famous for it but the Army also used 'impressment' on the lower classes of course, that goes without saying.
These vile practices gradually died out and an equally vile practice came and replaced it 'conscription' this was because people in general are not as patriotic as the military and governments like to tell us, safeguards are needed to make people 'love their country' and, do their patriotic duty.
Nowadays we have propaganda, unemployment and lack of a meaningful future to bolster the numbers in the military, it was ever thus. Unemployment blackspots have always been fertile ground for recruitment, Billy Connolly used to sing a rather poignant song called "Sergeant where's mine" about a recruit who joined the Army to escape unemployment and 'learn to ski and see the world" only to find himself dodging bullets on the streets of Belfast.
It was recently reported that the Army were recruiting in schools and telling lies to the kids about Army life, they only told them the c--p about skiing and seeing the world, they missed the bit about getting shot and killed or maimed.
We are now being told that the Govt. is considering creating a Cadet Corps in schools, this is repugnant.
"this is teaching kids how to kill, it's training for war, youth are educated under the pretext of physical training and it's learning the science of war" (Einstein,Freud,Thomas Mann, H.G. Wells, Bertrand Russell, Jane Adams and the Society of Friends) 01 - 10 - 1930. nothing has changed really.
The marching and drilling and wearing of military uniforms for children is wrong, whether it's Army Cadets learning how to use arms or the Boys Brigade marching with wooden rifles as they used to do.
It's militarism and it's an ugly philosophy which speaks to despair about the future, it's time it was dumped, surely improving educational facilities would be a better use of money than this, we seem to be marching backwards.
The war after the next war will be fought with spears, it's got to stop.