Reducing Military Fitness

Via the comments:

Smoking and vaping is to be banned at the UK’s only Army training centre for teenage recruits.

Hundreds of junior soldiers pass through the Army Foundation College (AFC) in Harrogate each year.

Its commanding officer Lt Col Richard Hall said it was “unacceptable” that “most recruits don’t smoke on arrival, yet most do by graduation”.

New recruits will be barred from smoking next week, with a complete ban on smoking and vaping on site by 2020.

In a statement, Lt Col Hall said the ban was in order to develop recruits’ health and fitness.

He added: “I hope that this will discourage smoking amongst new recruits and reverse the recent trend we’ve seen in recruits taking up the habit.”

Were the smoking recruits who fought (on both sides) in WW1 and WW2 unhealthy and unfit? I don’t think they were at all.

The popularity of cigarettes rose sharply in both wars, probably because wars are highly stressful, and smoking relieves stress. In fact, being in an army is probably pretty stressful as well, regardless of whether there’s a war on.

A hundred years on, the bullying bastards in Tobacco Control are now making incursions into the military, among whom tobacco was regarded as essential.

“You ask me what we need to win this war. I answer, tobacco as much as bullets.”

So cabled the commander of the American Expeditionary Force, Gen. John Pershing, to the War Department in 1917.

If what Pershing said in 1917 was true back then, then it’s still true today. And it will be found, in any major conflict, that soldiers need tobacco as much as bullets. To deprive soldiers of tobacco is to reduce their fighting abilities.

And that’s probably exactly what antipatriot, politically correct Tobacco Control wants to do. They’re not trying to improve military fitness: they’re trying to reduce military fitness.

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16 Responses to Reducing Military Fitness

  1. Mark Jarratt says:

    Yes that “initiative” should raise ire and possibly contribute to mutiny! The CO has swallowed the illiberal prohibitionist Kool Aid of anti-tobacco zealotry. Recruits are subject to strict military discipline, training with armaments and explosives, yet smoking is the existential threat to military efficiency? Reality check is needed. 🤯

  2. Timothy Goodacre says:

    Absolutely right Frank. The same bullying bastards now denying prisoners tobacco which is leading to prison riots. Of course you never hear the BBC refer to these riots as caused by the prisoners not being allowed tobacco.

  3. Jon Thirkell says:

    we can send you in to a war zone where your body can be shredded and your mind traumatized…but you can’t have a fag. Nutters.
    JonT

  4. Rose says:

    Having voluntarily banned smoking in the Houses of Parliament ten years ago, might help to explain some of the increasingly bizarre behaviour we’ve seen in there of late.
    It’s like some of them have completely lost the ability to think straight.

    The EU soon corrected it’s mistake, which is probably why they have been running rings around us since we voted to leave. Cooler heads you see.

    EU parliament does u-turn on smoking ban
    2007

    “The ban on smoking inside the EU parliament took force at the beginning of 2007 but after the mid-January reshuffle in the assembly’s office – consisting of the president and 14 vice-presidents – the new leaders agreed to set up special smoking areas.

    French Green MEP and vice-president Gerard Onesta was heavily outvoted on keeping the ban. He said the new rules would not only send a “horrible political signal” but could also be more costly, as they will require special air filters in the designated areas, AFP news agency reported.

    The move comes just after the European Commission announced it is considering an EU-wide smoking ban in public places, following member states such as Ireland, Italy, Malta and Sweden where similar steps have been taken.

    But the six week-long parliament smoking ban was widely flouted in any case, with MEPs lighting up in their private offices and in the corridors outside social gatherings and with many security and catering staff too timid to take the members on.”
    https://euobserver.com/social/23491

    MEPs enjoying a smoke in the European Parliament
    2019
    http://taking-liberties.squarespace.com/blog/2019/7/21/meps-enjoying-a-smoke-in-the-european-parliament.html

    In my opinion, General Pershing was right.

  5. Clicky says:

  6. beobrigitte says:

    Its commanding officer Lt Col Richard Hall said it was “unacceptable” that “most recruits don’t smoke on arrival, yet most do by graduation”.
    I wonder why. Perhaps it has to do with the nature of the job training, such as defending freedom in war torn places where you definitely encounter a high risk of being killed. I call that REAL STRESS and REAL DANGER!!

    In a statement, Lt Col Hall said the ban was in order to develop recruits’ health and fitness.
    Germany most hated anti-smoker used similar lines but was talked out of a ban by his generals. German soldiers were then given tobacco rations, which, despite being the most awful tobacco ever, also became the most valued currency.

    He added: “I hope that this will discourage smoking amongst new recruits and reverse the recent trend we’ve seen in recruits taking up the habit.”
    Apart from spotting here something the anti-smokers vehemently deny ( an increasing rate of smokers),
    I have to agree with:
    And that’s probably exactly what antipatriot, politically correct Tobacco Control wants to do. They’re not trying to improve military fitness: they’re trying to reduce military fitness.
    And this is more reason to start worrying. Dividing any country’s military into fighting each other fractions (non-smokers vs smokers) put these countries into a defenceless country.

    The main problem with ideologists is: THEY CAN’T SEE ANY FURTHER THAN THEIR OWN NOSES!!!

  7. Joe L. says:

    In case any smokers were still holding out hope that as President, Trump would “drain the swamp” of Tobacco Control bullies and be an advocate of free choice, this pretty much crushes those hopes. Not only has he done nothing to make life better for smokers, he’s now trampling on freedom of choice for vapers (for the sake of the chiiildren, of course):

    Trump administration announces plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes’

    And his wife is totally on board the authoritarian Tobacco Control train, as well:

    Looks like it’s going to get darker before it gets lighter…

    • Smoking Lamp says:

      O/T Car smoking ban in North Rhine-Westphalia. This would make it doubly hard for British Forces in Germany…

      German state proposes smoking ban in vehicles with children https://www.dw.com/en/german-state-proposes-smoking-ban-in-vehicles-with-children/a-50380617

      “The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia is to consider a law which would ban smoking in vehicles with children and pregnant women. The health minister has also called for a nationwide ban.” There is a poll.

    • Smoking Lamp says:

      In the discussion of this anti-vaping initiative in the evening bnews many pundits have stated that smoking and vaping aren’t protected rights since they aren’t mentioned in the Constitution. Clearly drawn from the tobacco control list of talking pints and reinforced by relentless propaganda. They overlook the Ninth Amendment in their analysis:

      Amendment IX
      The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

    • Mark Jarratt says:

      Epidemic is it? More emotive misuse of language taken directly from the fascist tobacco prohibitionists bully playbook, ignoring or ignorant of principles of tolerance and personal autonomy, and proof of economic illiteracy. Where is their mandate…

    • Mark Jarratt says:

      Winston speaks the truth. As Deputy PM he might actually have some influence, unlike we unwashed proles, for whom decisions are made whether we consent or not. Grrr. 🤬

  8. RdM says:

    Influence of nicotine on simulator flight performance in non-smokers.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9862400/

    Effects of cigarette smoking on performance in a simulated driving task.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8544974

    And there are many more studies suggesting that nicotine enhances performance.

  9. RdM says:

    Meta-analysis of the acute effects of nicotine and smoking on human performance.
    The abstract:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20414766
    and the whole free article, linked at end of that:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3151730/

    More grist to the mill.

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