I watched a fascinating programme last night. Commando: On The Front Line follows 50 new recruits to the British Royal Marine Commandos as they undertake the toughest basic training in the world and then head out for their postings. I was most surprised by the experience of one 23-year-old officer who finished his training then was posted to Helmand province in Afghanistan. The time between finishing training and then shipping out to the warzone? Three weeks! And he like the others relished the prospect.

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