True...but there are areas where unemployment is so high and general career prospects so poor that joining the army can seem like the only realistic alternative to a life of dole and/or petty crime.
At least, this is an argument that's often put forward. I'm not talking from personal experience here.
certainly take up has gone up in areas of high unemployment during this recent slump (eg a lot of lads from Stoke signing up, apparently), and definitely have you noticed the last few years the massive upswing in pub toilet adverts for infantry (i can only speak for the gents, granted), but, certainly round the northwest, pub toilets have all those Queens Lancashire or whatever, no doubt lads needing a pee in the midlands get some Mercian regiment advert in front of them etc. just to the north of the porcelain
MAKE GREAT MATES
ACCOMO PAID FOR
LOTS OF HOLIDAYS
LEGS BLOWN OFF
oh, that fourth one i added myself
id never rather be in aldershot.