“A volunteer is worth ….”
Posted by Big John on September 28, 2007
At the time when I started my two years of national service in 1958 very few young men were being drafted into the Royal Air Force: so instead of being trained with a ’flight’ consisting of all conscripts, I was grouped together with a mixed bunch of what you might call ‘pressed men’ and volunteer ‘regulars’ who had ‘signed on’ for periods of between three and twentyseven years.
The photograph above is part of a larger formal group and was taken a few days after I and my fellow recruits arrived at RAF Wilmslow to begin eight weeks of ‘square-bashing’ (boot camp). I’m the baby-faced one in the lower left corner.
I have selected this section of the larger group as it shows thirteen typical conscripts and just ONE volunteer…
… Can you guess which one he is ?