In this reality show, a military training facility 1950s style has been reconstructed and several professional soldiers were extensively trained in the period's style as Montgomery platoon's commanding officer, CSM Glen Thomas, drill sergeant, provost sergeant, PE instructor and section corporals, and on Sunday an Anglican padre. There thirty volunteering 'bad lads' aged 18 to 24, mostly with criminal records, are to pass the period's standard four weeks training course which recruits were routinely given in the Fifties. It's a grim life from another age, when 'boys' were generally expected to 'take like a man' constant discomfort, verbal abuse and even utter humiliation without cringing or protesting. Today's bad lads have the option to leave without being hunted down as deserters, and a few do even in the first days...
Did You Know?
Sergeant Major Watley in Lads Army was an ex bad lad himself. His high school teachers believed that their were only 2 places available to him: the army or the prison. Sergeant Major Watley served in the Royal Hampshire Regiment for the best part of 30 years reaching the rank Sergeant Major. See more
Referenced in Screenwipe: Episode #2.3