By Sasha Uzunov

Channel 9 television personality and Collingwood Football club president, Eddie McGuire, has come up with an idea to solve youth violence on our streets–send the young offenders into the Australian Army.

In theory it sounds like a good idea but it would help to promote the idea in the media if Eddie joined the Australian Army as well.

Eddie could be commissioned as a Captain or Major in the Australian Army Public Relations Service (AAPRS); he could do a 6 month tour of duty in Afghanistan in the field running a defence media crew. AAPRS recruits media professionals, many aged in their 40s and 50s, straight from civilian life. They are given an 8 week, officers “knife and fork” course in military etiquette at the Royal Military College in Duntroon, Canberra.

One of Eddie’s former Channel 9 colleagues, news reporter Chris Hill, did a stint in APPRS.

We will be putting this proposal to Eddie to see what his response is?

However, some veterans groups do not like the idea. Mr Keith Tennent, who runs the influential veterans news website, http://www.theaussiedigger.com/ wrote:

“The Australian Defence Force is not a day care centre, it is not as child minding centre it is not a juvenile delinquent centre and it is not a nursery.

“The ADF is a very large group of men and women, enlisted to defend the Nation. They don’t have the time or the inclination to sort out drug infested criminals, thugs, ratbags and idiots. Everybody knows most criminals [70% or higher] commit their offences because of their drug and/or alcohol habits. In fact a Police Officer friend said to me last month that she would be out of a job if drugs and alcohol were outlawed.

“It is the responsibility of parents to raise their children and inculcate in them high principle, manners [yes manners] and ethics. This responsibility also falls in part to school teachers, who are either hamstrung in how they can discipline children by a politically correct, silly system OR the school teachers simply don’t care or don’t know about discipline because they had their irresponsible characters former in the same mad system.

“Let parents take full responsibility for their children and let the ADF get on with training to defend the Nation.”