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RECORD VIEW: No hiding in Army inquiry.

THE once-proud reputation of the famous Scots Guards has taken yet another battering.

Not for the first time, revelations of a culture of bullying, drink, drugs and gambling have tarnished and besmirched their name.

Join the Army and see the world was the famous recruiting cry just a few years ago. But nowadays when our young men and women join up, they're signing on for a close-up view of the seedy side of life.

Horror stories of conditions in the forces are rife. The Scots Guards seem to have particular problems.

Parents send their children to the services in the hope they will secure a grounding in discipline and learn a trade which will lead to a career when they are back on civvy street.

Young squaddies expect the chance to develop their profession free of the kind of bullying and drugs culture which appears to be widespread.

The time is now right for an independent and impartial inquiry into the forces and a detailed investigation of the Scots Guards to find out what's gone wrong - and how it can be sorted.
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Title Annotation:Leader
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 23, 2001
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