The Army is a curious organisation to those of us outside of it. In our iPhone driven, Starbucks slurping modern lives the Armies methods seem a bit antiquated and quirky.
I mean come on. Who gives a toss if you're late for work. Fire off a text or a tweet. Email the boss, leave a voicemail what's the big deal?
Who needs screamy shouty bosses these days? Let's chill in a breakout room. Flexi time is happy time right? There's nothing that can't be solved over a SkinnyFrappeLatte is there?
These modern values clash with the Army and it's stuffy - You will be on time. You will be well dressed. You will be part of our unflexible machine attitude.
However. The Army has this attitude for a reason. Self Discipline.
We've all dragged our heavy suitcases into our homes after a long journey. We are tired and grumpy. We throw our luggage to the floor and collapse into a heap wanting nothing more than a cuppa and a kip.
The soldiers in Afghanistan do not have this luxury. Their kit weighs in excess of 80lb. When they end their patrols they do not drop their kit, brew-up and snooze (although this is what they desperately want to do) they maintain their weapons. They carry out sentry duties. They take care of their feet.
Despite complete exhaustion British troops prepare for war. They are able to do this because self discipline has been hammered into them from day one of recruit training.
A tribunal has ruled single mother and soldier, Tilern DeBique, was within her rights to miss training when she could not find anyone to look after her daughter.
Miss DeBique is now seeking a six figure sum. A compensation claim. Thanks to the Tribunals verdict I expect she'll get it.
Meanwhile - The soldiers in The Helmand will continue to patrol. They will not be late. Their weapons will be clean. Their Harbour areas will be secure. Because they are soldiers.
Miss DeBique's selfish attitude and lack of self discipline would get people killed. The Army is well shot of her...