Brit soldiers to be given moral lessons to prevent spread of 'yob' culture

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London, Feb 24 : It looks like the British troops are not living up to the moral standards, at least that's what the army believes, for the soldiers will be given morality training and will receive good conduct stripes to reward them for living up to the army's values.

The remedial plan has been drawn up under the aegis of General Sir Richard Dannatt, the chief of the general staff and a practising Christian.

Under the plan, revealed in a document seen by The Sunday Times, chaplains are to be trained to "provide moral guidance" not only to soldiers on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan but also in their daily lives.

Following the next month, the soldiers will be issued with "top pocket" guides which reiterate the need for moral and ethical behaviour, including loyalty, courage and respect for other people.

The "aide memoire" is designed to be "understood by those with limited literacy skills", according to the document, reports Times Online.

Mouse mats, posters and DVDs produced in simple English for army recruits with poor reading skills are to be introduced to inculcate values such as integrity, selflessness and loyalty in army personnel, according to those drawing up the scheme.

Chaplains will be instructed not only how to provide spiritual guidance but also about instilling "ethics and morality".

The scheme also suggests that good service and long service medals, awarded to soldiers who have served 15 years, should be forfeited by those who flout the army's values.

"The army sets and maintains the highest standards in everything it does and this plan is simply to ensure that continues in the future," Times Online quoted the Ministry of Defense, as saying.

ANI

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