Friday, October 21, 2011

A Cheek Swab Would Have Sufficed

The British military is famous for absorbing and accommodating into its ranks soldiers from many of its former colonies. Particularly noteworthy among these groups are the Ghurkas, a fierce fighting tribe from Nepal.

Unsurprisingly, things occasionally get lost in the translation between British Army requirements, and Gurkha culture. I guess that explains how this particular individual came up on a court-martial charge for zealously collecting a DNA sample from a Taliban fighter that he engaged.

Quite reasonably, it seems that the charges have been dismissed on the soldier returned to his unit. I hope they were careful to inspect his carry-on bag before he got on the airplane home, however.

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