Can You REFUSE To Serve In An Illegal Conflict? | Joe Glenton #225

Can you refuse to serve, features Joe Glenton who went on the run, after refusing to go back and fight in Afghanistan

Can You REFUSE To Serve In An Illegal Conflict?

Joe Glenton was a lance corporal with the Royal Logistics Corps, who vowed not to return to Afghanistan. After going on the run for a full 737 days, Joe was jailed at the ‘Glasshouse’ in Colchester. The court-martial heard that Joe had been suffering from PTSD after his first tour of duty. He was later officially discharged from the British army. Joe is now a journalist, film-maker and award-winning author.

Transcript from ‘Can You Refuse To Serve In An Illegal Conflict’ podcast

Joe – I was in a deeply unglamorous corps, as I was in the Royal Logistics corps. I joined which would have been ordnance corps. I’m not exactly sure, but yes I joined in 2004 for probably the same reasons most people do. I’m from a working-class background, it was a route out of that and loved it. I was keen, green and I was gonning to stay forever, which is what we all say at the start. It was the era of Iraq and Afghanistan, so we went to Afghanistan and did a tour. For me it wasn’t a terribly kinetic tour. I was doing the ammunition with the 13 air assault regiment. We were the logistics element of that went out. Over the course of the tour, I started to question the kind of rationales about why we were in Afghanistan.

We were given lots of reasons, such as, it’s about helping women to go to school or stopping the opium trade. I think those started to fall away over the course of the tour. I wasn’t a very political person at the time, but that developed. Not on tour, because you don’t really have time on tour as you know yourself. After that I think that started to crystallize into a kind of critique, a critique of the war in a very uncomplicated way. A moral objection to what was going on and I planned to just get out of the military.

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FIRST Into Action | Duncan Falconer | #65

First into action is the story of Duncan Falconer who joined The Royal Marines and went on to passing selection with The Special Boat Service, based in Poole.

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First Into Action

Duncan Falconer joined the British Royal Marines at the age of 18. At 19 years of age, he attended SBS selection in Poole Dorset and was one of nine Marines to successfully complete the course out of 147 men. Most candidates are required to serve some time in a Commando unit before applying, however Duncan was given an exception. Later he was posted to 42 Commando as a career broadening opportunity. Duncan served the majority of his military service with the SBS. During his time in the military, he also served with the SAS and 14 Intelligence Detachment, deployed to Northern Ireland with each for one year and two and a half years respectively. After he left the Detachment he took a sabbatical for a year before returning to the SBS where he was posted to MAT (“Maritime Anti-Terrorism”) operations in which he was involved in a number of exercises retaking oil rigs and tankers.

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Chris and Duncan

C – Duncan, how are you brother?

D – I’m well and can I say thank you very much for inviting me on your podcast.

C- The honour is all mine. You look like you’re on a life raft!

D – Yep, I’ve just paused the ocean for this podcast, but I’ll get it going again soon.

C – It’s quite appropriate for our marines background that you’re at sea.

D – Actually it’s the North Sea so yeah it’s very appropriate! …

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