Sort your life out

All too often we’re told “sort your lives out”; for it’s a favorite saying at regiment.  What is amazing is that while we are expected to be on time and prepared, very rarely does the regiment do us the same courtesy.  All too often the stigma of “hurry up and wait” comes into play as we are hurried from one place to the next only to spend most of our time standing around.  The nickname the guys and I have come up with for this is “Wait Training”, as that seems to be the most frequent regiment exercise – patience – all 3 years, 2 months and 2 weeks of it.

I’m sorry to those 75% of Bermudians who think conscription is a good idea for frankly I think it’s a waste of time for the majority of youth who are forced to be there.  The benefits for us lowly privates just aren’t there.  The only benefits are in favor of the country should it need to be entertained from a circus of trained animals and put on a show or act like slaves exploited to provide a cheap labor force for times of emergency.  It is unjust and frankly quite ridiculous and I don’t see how many in the community don’t see that, but ultimately there is nothing that my fellow conscripts or I can do about it, we’re stuck.  This is what the greater majority believes we should be doing and as a minority there simply isn’t much that we can do aside from wait it out or get unruly and riot.

Despite the belief that many youth fail to give back to the community, I’m desperately trying to figure out how to make a difference for the island to ensure there is a future for young Bermudians.  Regiment simply isn’t it, it isn’t going to provide affordable housing, it isn’t going to provide the education my generation has been robbed of and it isn’t going to help most of those soliders who don’t have jobs get jobs.  Are we nothing but clowns out to put on a show for the rest of the community?  Out to be laughed at as we’re prodded to do tricks like spin on command and walk in unison at the threat of imprisonment and extra years of conscription if we do not perform?  Our commanders might as well wield branding irons as you will be branded with a criminal record if you step too far out of line.

I’ve joined and contribute to so many organizations I can barely keep my head afloat.  Bermudians For Referendum, Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce and Youth on the Move are just examples, let alone trying to keep a regular commentary about how to improve Bermuda in blog form, work a full time job, somehow manage to find a reasonable place to live (which if you know of anything – I’m still looking), assist government, the UBP, ABC and whatever other organization I can convince to take on and embrace modern technology to encourage better communication going amongst Bermudians and somehow, on top of all this I have fantasies of trying to run for Parliament to make a difference.  I must be wasting my time as clearly Regiment does more then all of these things.

Those in Regiment may well be right; I do need to sort my life out.  I simply care too much about trying to make a difference and it is growing ever clearer that caring about Bermuda’s future is a pointless escapade that will only do me more harm then good.  Why can I not accept that 75% of Bermudians believe that my time is best spent simply doing regiment?  That is my forced commitment to the country and I should simply leave it at that.

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Burnell

Hi Cus
Inquire on how much they have you insured for in the case you get injured in the line of duty.

Douglas De Couto
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Denis, you make a few decent points, but they are often drowned in the hyperbole. Stop whining and think about why some problems are the way they are in the Regiment. Although there is ample blame to go around to everyone, here is one example: All soldiers must pass their APWT (make sure they can shoot straight) before going away to the overseas camp. The APWT is scheduled for a weekend camp, but only half the troops show up. Now, the unit is stuck trying to get the other half of the soldiers to shoot on the range on other… Read more »

BigIdea
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BigIdea

Denis, keep it up. It’s good to hear someone finally airing out the inefficiencies of that place. Bermuda needs to catch to 2007.

Alex Masters
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Douglas – I’m not entirely sure if you’re of rank, or in any way, shape or form associated with the Regiment. But in all honesty – I really don’t care. It doesn’t mean squat outside of those gates, and the sooner everyone gets a firm grasp of that point, the better. The Regiment is a joke. You can tell Denis to stop whining, and you can attempt to justify the need for the Regiment, weapons training, overseas camps and Pte’s doing an APWT outside of the Cadre – but the reality is, it’s bull. In Jan, you take two-hundred and… Read more »

Alex Masters
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Next on the list? Good ‘ol guns. Drop me at your earliest convenience. Prior to handing our sexy little metallic bundles of joy in at the end of camp, I do recall being instructed to clean mine. Because I’m a wee bit of a perfectionist, I saw to mine like I’m sure most Pte’s ‘saw’ to their significant other’s during those few hours we were dismissed mid camp. Yes. That would be thoroughly. It sparkled, like the twinkle in a pedophiles eye as he passes Woodrose Nursery during recess. Who cares if it’s a terrible analogy. The point is –… Read more »

Mike Taylor
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Mike Taylor

Don’t give up the fight Alex and Denis! Speaking out against an organisation which has absolute power over you takes strength. Just because the flock of sheep want to call you whining wimps doesn’t make it so. I suppose they think that if you kept quiet or fell into line and joined forces with the rank to make your lives easier it would somehow demonstrate greater personal strength. Maybe they just think its “Your turn”. Pity them. If 75% support conscription, clearly we need more people like you to tell them what really goes on up there. I did my… Read more »

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yossarian

I had to go in front of the RSM to explain why I wanted to be a non-combatant and found myself in a dialogue that was farcical to the level of being from Catch-22. Not only am I standing there answering an illogical stream of circular arguments, but I have to stand to attention the whole time like a complete ass hole. “Why don’t you want to shoot?” “Because I don’t like power, and war and chains of authority” I’m a pretty commited pacifist all around, and raised by two equally pacifist parents, “But you must have a job and… Read more »

Alex Masters
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Other people who share the above ‘because you’re not [one of them], you can..’ mentality here and here.
Hoorah RSM! Now if only he were white, I wouldn’t feel quite so threatened in his presence..

Alex Masters
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Denis, regarding your comment [you really do need to curb the cursing – it comes off as an attack and people stop registering your arguemnt] on MSN – It should be obvious by now that the Regiment is unable to communicate with people without the use of foul language. I’m not sure if this is strictly down to their distinct lack of intellect, but by any means – if we’re going to want to be *understood* by them, then we’re going to have to regress to a more primitive means of getting our point across. Now can someone PLEASE explain… Read more »