I generally agree with you about the teaching thing Velo. Just because someone is ex forces does not mean they are a natural born teacher. However, there are people in the forces and other walks of life who have learnt a lot more about life than someone who has done 3 or 4 years at uni. These people should be able to use that experience to count as credit towards a teaching qualification should they wish.
As for the other things mentioned such as housing etc. Yes, ex service personnel should be top of the queue. They have done something that requires a certain amount of sacrifice, choice or not, and our society has a debt to them for that sacrifice. I'm not saying they should be treated like royalty, but should they get preference on a council housing list? Absolutely.
A few years back I was made homeless by my landlord. I got in touch with the council about housing, but because I worked for a living, wasn't a junkie, wasn't a young girl of loose morals with bairns, wasn't some other 'vulnerable' group, I was offered no help. The fact that I gave up a period of my life to serve in the military was of no consequence, yet a whole host of parasites who have done f**k all good for our society get preferential treatment! It should be the other way round.
Hold on, my husband works, we were never junkies, we went on the housing list, OK it was 20 years ago, I had a new baby we were in my mothers granny flat, she was running a homeless project, and we had been made homeless as we were in student accom., while my husband was doing his degree. we had to wait 18 months before we got a flat but we did get one. it's very rarely quick though. Funny after a few years we went into the council office to pay our rent and the woman said, your a nice family, we are looking for a nice family for a house in a quite tree lined road that's just been vacated, the tenant had died. We got a house without even applying for rehousing. preferential treatment for being nice.
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