Army adverts don’t tell you what being a soldier is really like.
At 17, Wayne Sharrocks joined the infantry. By the end of his training, the army had control of how he thought and what he did. He was made to obey all orders without thinking, until he would kill another person right in front of him ‘at the flick of a switch’ with ‘an insane amount of aggression’. He thinks army training is ‘massively damaging’ to the mind of a young person.
After he turned 18 Wayne was sent to Afghanistan. There he saw a friend’s legs ripped off and another friend killed. He was injured in the face. Nothing in his training could protect him or his friends.
He couldn’t just ‘switch off’ his army training after he left, he says, which caused him all sorts of problems.
Now he thinks that the army shouldn’t be recruiting 16 and 17 year-olds. While it still does, Wayne still believes it’s better to wait until you’re 18 before deciding whether to join up.
Find out about Wayne’s time in the army in these 3-minute videos.