Great Britain: War Is Heaven

Since 1960, when it ended 21 years of conscription, Britain's government has aimed to create a highly trained, professional fighting force to meet its worldwide strategic commitments. With full employment and prosperity, Englishmen are reluctant to enlist for soldier's pay ($70 per month for a private). As a result, the nation still relies, as it did in the heyday of Empire, on British-officered native troops to help man its overseas outposts. Last week the best of the overseas hirelings appeared in Britain itself; a contingent of 1,200 Gurkha troops filed off a...

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