Some of the military' s methods of making sure trainees fall into line might not be considered appropriate in the confines of FE colleges but the services undoubtedly boast some of the best completion and attendance records in post-16 education.
After missing my connection on the way home to FErretland the other night, "due to" a slow-moving freight train, I was heartened to hear that a little military discipline is now being injected into the training of staff at Network Rail, that delightful organisation responsible for the jewel in the crown of British public services, our beloved railway system.
From now on, a batch of Network Rail engineers is to go on a course at the largest military training establishment in Europe, HMS Sultan, motto "Pedetentim", or "Step-by-Step."
Which reminds me of the old British Rail slogan, "we're getting there".
Indeed we are - but only on foot, it seems.