There has always been criticism of junior soldiers. My left-leaning youth club leaders did their best to dissuade me from enlisting, while my headmaster wrote an enthusiastic endorsement. For many the junior army was an ideal way out of their one-horse town. I loved every minute and can’t recall any bullying, was probably better treated than the pupils of most public schools back then. We certainly never regarded ourselves as ‘some of society’s most vulnerable young people’.