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A long, long time ago when I was young (yes, that long ago…) I spent some time with certain elements of the British Army. Among all the technical terms I had to learn, and all the manuals of arms I had to memorize, and all the squaddie slang, there was one memorable phrase that pithily summarized the ethos of those I was training alongside: Don’t Be Shit.

When you’re tired and wet and cold and hungry and you have a tasking to perform…