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#289529 - 4th Feb 2009 2:27pm Military Type School For troubled Teens To Open
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Source: Todays Liverpool Echo

I won't post the entire story just a basic overview.

"A MILITARY-STYLE training academy is to open on Merseyside to turn teenage tearaways into model citizens.

The government-funded centre, which should be fully up and running in September, will take 120 students aged between 14 and 19 who are at risk of dropping off the education or employment ladder.

Today organisers insisted the Knowsley Skills Academy would not be a boot camp or an army recruiting exercise.

However, students will be put through their paces by a former army lieutenant and team of instructors who will put uniform inspections, map and compass reading, rock climbing, camouflage, concealment and other army drills on the timetable.

The teens, issued with military-style uniform, will also take part in team- building exercises and be put through fitness and formation drills to improve self esteem, punctuality and respect, and make them realise the value of education.

Participants on the two-year pilot will remain on roll at their schools or college, and the time spent at the academy will range from one to five days a week. "

Personally, I think its needs to be bigger to take more than 120 pupils. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of young men and women in Liverpool and Merseyside that would benefit greatly from this structure and discipline in their lives.

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#289531 - 4th Feb 2009 2:38pm Re: Military Type School For troubled Teens To Open [Re: Jubbly]
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They had an excellent scheme a little like this some time ago. Sadly it was stopped.

It was called NATIONAL SERVICE !!

Should be brought back again pronto !


Edited by Pinzgauer (4th Feb 2009 2:38pm)

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#289532 - 4th Feb 2009 2:50pm Re: Military Type School For troubled Teens To Open [Re: ]
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I seem to remember somthing called Borstal was very similar.

It was the establishment to which the REAL scallies were sent when I was a kid ie say the 1950s. I have no idea what ever happened to the borstal systrem - probably smothered by too many do-gooders.

What I do remember was that when my friends who had esxperienced the place came back - they did their danmedest to make sure they did not go back again. I will not say it ade angels out of them but their social attitude HAD improved.

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#289543 - 4th Feb 2009 3:44pm Re: Military Type School For troubled Teens To Open [Re: Snodvan]
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That sounds great. Throw all the scallys in and watch them cry in the first day !
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#289551 - 4th Feb 2009 4:06pm Re: Military Type School For troubled Teens To Open [Re: Doctor_Frick]
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I'd pay to watch that!!

Now THAT's reality tv I would watch raftl
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#289602 - 4th Feb 2009 6:10pm Re: Military Type School For troubled Teens To Open [Re: Wench]
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there are similar places about but I think they are Outward Bound camps or Survival Coursesand you have to pay good money togo to them and do
the things they will be doing
Most probably get better fed there than a paying holiday

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