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Right Chaps

Sadly, it did not surprise me to read that relations between ethnic Indian officers and their white counterparts improved dramatically when the flow of British officers from working class backgrounds increased during the Second World War, the English public schools and their Scottish clones could not cope with the demand for junior officers when the Indian Army expanded from a pre-war strength of 205,000 to 2,500,000 men, the largest volunteer army in history by the way. The shortfall in public school boys was made up with an influx of middle class Indians and trusting working class boys with command. To this day, the British Army prefers to reserve front line command jobs for the right sort of chaps, those who benefit from the economic and political status quo. But what if the right sort of chaps are the wrong sort of people? What then when it comes to operational efficiency?

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