Consider this a comedy post.

BRUSSELS — In armies around the world, basic training is more than just a course in fitness, military organization and weapons skills.

It plays a crucial psychological role, taking raw recruits away from civilian life, plunging them into life in barracks, breaking down their sense of self and molding them, sometimes brutally, into a cohesive unit of soldiers.

But it may soon be significantly less brutal in Belgium, where the army is considering plans to let recruits sleep at home on weekdays during training. They already have the right to return home during the weekend.
Government officials say the change is needed to make a graying army — the average age in the Belgian armed forces is 44, more than a decade older than in France, Germany or Britain — more attractive to millennials.
As for Mr. Maram, the Legionnaire, he said: “In the French Foreign Legion, we stay in the barracks for the first five years.”

“What do you want next, the army can go on strike? You want unions in the army?” he said, bursting into laughter. “How I hate the 21st century!”