Before I go any further, I'm not a fan of the Armed Forces. Firstly, I believe there should be peace, not war. Secondly, I think the military takes up too much money (especially the billions spent on nuclear weapons, which are barbaric and totally un-necessary, and the billions spent on the illegal war for oil in Iraq). Thirdly, the Armed Forces are heavily tied in with Imperialism, ie the process of major capitalist powers exploiting the Third World by using military force when they threaten the global capitalist system.
But there is another important issue at stake. The Armed Forces, especially in the UK, have a strict line on not employing people with disabilities or with a history of disability. This is a very controversial issue, with extreme views both for and against the employment of disabled people in the Armed Forces.
In the past (especially in times of war), people with disabilities have not only served in the Armed Forces, a few have even become heroes. They are listed below ...
disability: lost both legs in 1931
World War II hero
Douglas Bader Foundation website tells his full story
Unfortunately, the case of Douglas Bader has been hi-jacked over the
years by patronizing b******s, who see him as "tragic but brave" and
state that all disabled people should be "just like him" and "overcome"
General George Patton
disability: dyslexia (source)
World War II hero
Others associated with military operations, eg Winston Churchill (the UK prime minister during World War II) are listed elsewhere in this web-site.
In addition, a number of revolutionaries have engaged in guerrilla warfare, notably Che Guevara who had asthma.
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