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Would the British army have more quality recruits if they had higher standards?

You don't need any qualifications to join many jobs and people with convictions for violence such as assault and even GBH are allowed in. Why is this? Is it any wonder it's an attractive career option for chavs and chavettes? The RAF is much more selective and as a result half the people in it aren't halfwits. Rescue, the policy is "no more than two unspent convictions". I know a guy with an assault conviction who joined with no problem. So shh.

Asked By: - 7/11/2012
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The Army's selection procees regarding this is in line with the rehabilitation of offenders act. You are correct in that no more than 2 unspent convictions are permitted. However certain crimes such as involvement with class A drugs, arson, r**e, murder and other such crimes prohibit you from enlisting... More
Answered By: chindit - 7/11/2012
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lol You won't get far if you've been convicted for anything. Full CrimInt check conducted on all applicants twice (once during application, once before enlistment), convicted criminals are usually dumped as Unfit for Service... More
Answered By: Rescuetoast - 7/11/2012
 
The truth is probably yes. Every time the US Army tightens up it recruiting, not only do the quality of recruits rise, but also the interest in joining. When the US Army restricts non high school diploma holders (allowing GED) the quality and interest make a difference. When the US Army needs more recruits by volume... More
Answered By: Patriot - 7/11/2012
 
I thought you guys had the most professional army in the world? And you let criminals in? We don't even do that in the US. Surely you're mistaken. In the US so much as a traffic ticket can prevent you from joining.
Answered By: IHearYouLike - 7/11/2012
 
Does it matter if they're violent? If you can pass the course, then you've clearly changed. The army has it's own standards of behaviour and what is expected, and i'd assume that basic training would weed out the once who couldn't behave themselves... More
Answered By: Pete - 7/11/2012
 
These Chavs you talk about stop being Chavs when they join their unit. Particularly when they meet their Company Sergeant Major... More
Answered By: Max - 7/11/2012
 
They're training changes them from whatever they were to some of the best soldiers in the world, admittedly they would have better quality if they only recruited from grammar school or universities, but I doubt many intellects want to join the armed forces... More
Answered By: Cam - 7/11/2012
 
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