Corporal Punishment in the British Army

The desire to belong to the Army connotes a readiness to inculcate respect, discipline, ruggedness, dedication to service, amongst other things to one’s everyday life. The exalted stool of being a military office holder comes with a blend of years of highs and lows, servitude and freedom, and brokenness and pride.

Corporal punishment aptly describes the infliction of deliberate physical pain on parts of the body as a way of taming unruly attitudes and instilling discipline for military offences. Hence, corporal punishment in the British Army is dependent on place and time, and varies according to the verdict of a court martial. It includes, but not limited to flogging, solitary confinement, field punishment and imprisonment.

Moreso, corporal punishment in the British Army are administered based on military ranks, as Officers and Troops are not subjected to similar physical punishment. Corporal punishment for Officers come in the form of additional duties, fines and solitary confinement.

Around the 1800’s, troops and Officers were governed by military and civil rules and were at the risk of falling short of both offences at the same time. Punishments were stiffer and at the time could degenerate into capital punishment. From the mid 1980s, things however changed, and corporal punishments in the British Army have since been watered down.