Jerry (I think he was 20) was tasked with peeling logs up on the lab. Only at 10am when everybody was up on the lab peeling logs, Jerry was munching on my food in the kitchen. Apaprently, Jerry felt like taking a personal day. In time, Jerry didn't do what he agreed to do and found all sorts of "reasons" why I suck and why I need to stop being such a dick. After doing the CSI of figuring out where Jerry actually was since he wasn't with the group (he was sleeping in his tent and not responding when people went to his tent to ask for him) - Jerry said that he would work extra hours on saturday. So we actually had somebody take the task of checking on him on saturday only to find that he went into missoula for the whole day. More talking to him leads to him telling me more about how I am a terrible manager and he says he will make up for two days of work in the following week. He ended up having another short week.
There is an element of privilege and access that a lot of people are frustrated by that Paul just doesn't seem to see in his Ferd v Gert narrative. The mere acquisition of property is not easy for many, the building of eco structures, solar, landscaping and earth shaping, trees and perennials etc... Even presupposing that you build your dream over time, it is costly. Which is why you see so many decrying the permie movement as exclusive and obtainable by those of means and or support.
Dustin Hollis wrote:What we are talking about really is an apprenticeship, something that was the system used for training for employment for any kind of specialized skilled labor in the world for ages. We have dumped that kind of system a long time ago in favor of college to our detriment, though it still has some limited exposure in the building trades... Here is some interesting info about apprenticeships in other countries. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apprenticeship
In a simplified apprenticeship, you are expected to work and assist the master artisan until you become a journeyman, usually 3-4 years or more. In exchange, you may receive a modest stipend, room and board.
Often "graduating" to journeyman requires a journeyman project. It demonstrates the skill of the journeyman's art.
Just call it a Regenerative Systems Apprenticeship. Calling it an army invokes too many martial ideas in soft people's minds and could give the wrong impression.