i was waiting for that, yes the gurkhas were truly great soldiers and they served us very well and i'm proud whenever i see. hear about or meet a Gurkha, i can't believe we are not letting some of them live here, its outragous, thats another post though :)
If i'm right in thinking the Gurkhas were more of an extension rather than part of the British army and they were recruited in war time when we were loosing thousands and thousands of troops. Two points to make at this time are, we are at war yes, but we aren't taking anywehere near the casulties we were throughout the 1st and 2nd world wars.
I think that its inevitable that they can speak fluent English and are British citizens as well as Polish. Its the British army, and they need to be able to communicate, especially when they are at war zones. What a stupid idea to let people who dont speak English and are not British citizens join the British army?!?! Just because they cant find anyone British who wants to sign up...
exactly totally agree there, also what is the point of it being called 'British' we might as well call it EU army.
However, in the collective spirit of 'Europeanisation', in the absence of a specially deployed European Defence Force (EDF), it may create the impetus necessary to move things along in that direction. If it were regulated correctly, with linguistic and various fitness tests, then it could become a reality but I don't think we need to go down that road too hastily.
i do see your point, while you probably know i'm not the biggest fan of hoping straight into bed with the rest of europe, it is also about our sense of living and being British, surely if we all merge into one massive state everything is just going to overlap until one culture becomes dominant or we start fighting between ourselves over something stupid like religion!!