Video of female army recruit reduced to tears by instructor is shared on social media
A video of a female army recruit in tears after receiving a verbal onslaught from an instructor has been shared on social media.
In the video, the instructor can be heard screaming at the recruit “you are f****** weak” and “you are not a killer”.
After she starts crying in the latter stages of the video, the instructor lures her into a false sense of security by feigning concern and then screams “you are nowhere near the end…get through there now”.
According to a report by The Daily Mail, the British Army is attempting to locate the instructor and he could be subject to a Court Martial.
Lord Dannatt, the former Head of The British Army, said, “I hope the identity of the corporal is discovered very quickly and that he is removed from the Army at the earliest possible moment”.
He also went onto say, “Tomorrow would be a day too late. This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable”.
Based on Lord Dannatt’s comments, it’s unclear whether he takes exception to the video being published or the nature of the training.
The video has prompted fierce debate on social media. Some users have criticized the fact the video was made public in the first place:
Nothing wrong with instructors approach but yes filming and throwing online not a great move. We’re making warriors it’s going to hurt mentally and physically to safeguard them for their future, their oppos and eventually.. us. https://t.co/nwIprTsqoy
— Civvy Futures Karla (@CivvyKarla) May 7, 2018
Furthermore, others have questioned how the recruit expects to fare in combat if she can’t cope with a verbal attack from an instructor:
— chris dangerfield (@csdanger) May 7, 2018
Another user suggested the video was a real life meme.
England is a meme https://t.co/urFjSaFiZh
— Jack Posobiec?? (@JackPosobiec) May 6, 2018
The controversy has arisen a few months after the British Army launched a £1.6 million promotional campaign that attempts to address questions including “what if I get emotional in the Army?”, “Can I be gay in the Army?” and “will I be listened to in the Army?”
According to ITV, the promotional campaign “faced a barrage of criticism for being too soft and politically correct”.