The influence of the military on our culture

14 September 2017

Those in the British Army aren’t always understood. Some civilians  seem to think that military service men and women only shoot guns and handle weapons to challenge anyone that hurts our country, but they’re more than that believe it or not. Service men and women have a lifetime of skills that are learnt on the job, more skills that are learnt at a faster rate than what us civvys sometimes.

The British Army carries a variety of sectors depending on an individual’s interests or skills, such as Engineering, Defence & Security, Medical and logistics, this isn’t even the half of it. Military personnel can become Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, Royal Armoured Corps, the list is endless!

But they don’t just have an impact on these professional sectors, now, it’s time to get sporty! No individual is as athletic as those within the services. Day in and day out service men and women are constantly on the go.

It was the British Army that helped football with its early development in the 19th century! They served not just in the military, but in the Football Association Committee (FAC), as these veterans sure love to be team players. Not only football, but they even learnt to play polo in India. I think we all know that those in the services enjoy being physical, which is why the Army vs. Navy rugby match at Twickenham Stadium is such a massive event where tickets are in high demand. It can even be classed more of a social event than the Rugby 7s, and if you know rugby, you’ll understand that that’s really saying something.

Moving away from sports and onto the internet, it is predicted that around 3 billion people will be on social media by 2020, and to add to that, posts about Veterans are a regular part of your social media news feeds, on Twitter, Facebook, you name it! Social media is the key to giving more influence on our culture and without the likes of Twitter or the News, we wouldn’t know how much the British Army does for civilians.

The other aspect to mention is the film industry. With Dunkirk, by Christopher Nolan, selling out in cinemas across the country this year, everyone's eyes turn to the military. Movies about the British Military have dated back to the 1920s and continuously are favoured by our society, and over the years, British special forces such as the SAS, and elite units such as the Royal Marines, have been depicted on the silver screen a number of times. The humbling stories are of brave men and seeing as The British have been involved in a lot of wars in their time: The Boar Wars, World War One, World War Two, The Falklands, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq, just to name a few, it only seems legit that these stories are developed for our culture to remember, praise, appreciate, and understand.