In the early years of the War the Army was burdened with a great number of troublesome soldiers who would not take to the discipline. They were not only useless as fighting men, but were also likely to be a bad influence on others. Normal methods of punishment were tried repeatedly, to little effect, and as the expanding Army began to run short of manpower new methods were tried to deal with the delinquents. In September 1941 new experimental Special Training Units were established with the aim of converting them into good soldiers through careful individual treatment and retraining. The units aimed to achieve retraining through education and not punishment, and this book, first published in 1952, is a careful analysis of the aims and results of the programme.

Part 1. Special Training  1. An Army Experiment  2. Methods of Training  3. The Results Achieved by ‘Special’ Training  Part 2. The Offender  4. A Delinquent Population?  5. The Method of Inquiry  6. The Scope of the Inquiry  7. Physique and Health  8. Diseases and Disorders  9. Intelligence and Attainment  10. Emotional Types  11. Some General Characteristics  12. Illiteracy  13. Educational Backwardness  Part 3. The Offender in Conflict with the Army  14. Reactions to Army Life  15. Army Offences  Part 4. The Offender’s Background  16. Civilian Employment  17. The Home Town  18. Civilian Troubles  19. Leisure Activities  20. School Days  21. The Family  Part 5. Conclusions  22. Tracing the Causes