Author’s note:

This transcript of Mr Brown’s recent lecture to the Royal Society Of Practitioners In Further Education is re-printed by kind permission of the Society.

Enjoy!
Pete


Training For Life Long Servitude

Ladies and gentlemen – or perhaps I should say “gentlemen” as I think my audience this morning is exclusively male – thank you for this opportunity of addressing you.  I suspect that our working aims are rather different, but welcome this chance to meet fellow professionals at work in the continuing education of adults, and I look forward to discussing matters of mutual interest with you at the coffee break and in the plenary sessions this week.  Before I start, though, let me give public thanks to my employer, the Sheikh, who has generously funded this trip to London, and who has allowed me to discuss many of the practices that make his estate one of the best managed and most productive in the whole of Arabia.

BACKGROUND

I have been employed by the Sheikh for the past twenty years, now in the capacity of Head Trainer.  My responsibilities include the induction and initial training of all the servants on the Sheikh’s extensive plantations and holdings in the Gulf.  Currently there are close on two thousand servants, and we induct between one and two hundred new ones each year – that’s not to imply that our servants are not with us for long periods; rather, it reflects the keen and active interest that my employer shows in the management and operation of his estates: he replaces servants perhaps rather more frequently than the dictates of the business strictly justify.  However I think this rate of turnover of trained staff would be the envy of many employers represented here today – we are, after all, taking men from the same general pool of the ill-educated who would normally be expected to show little loyalty, and who have a tendency to drift from place to place and job to job.  Personally I find it almost incredible hen I hear of turnover rates in major call centres approaching thirty percent:  what an incredible waste of money must be involved in training such people who then move on so rapidly – this certainly is not our problem as once recruited, the Sheikh’s servants are with him until he chooses to replace them.

To assist me in my work I have two under-trainers – I began my work in this role, and was promoted five years ago to my present one – and we can also call upon the services of the Sheikh’s private army of body guards should the need arise, and also make extensive use of already trained servants to assist in the indoctrination and settlement of the newcomers.

We induct and train new servants for all the varied roles in and around the Sheikh’s palaces and estates, so there is a wide range of skills that the servants need to acquire.  Some are fairly rudimentary – those working in agriculture, in the fields, will mostly learn their skills “on the job” and I have little involvement except for the initial induction process. Those who are to be more specialised – perhaps working as servants in the hamman – require detailed, specialised training for their work, and we may subcontract some of this to outside agencies who are experts in the field.  They go through the same initial induction process as all the others, though.

Before we go any further, I should perhaps point out that my work is exclusively with males.  The Sheikh, as absolute ruler, has not implemented “equal opportunity” legislation, and, indeed, it seems unlikely that this will happen in the foreseeable future as both the Sheikh, and his many sons, all prefer males working with them and around them.   The induction and training I supervise is therefore exclusively for males, and these tend to be in a rather narrow age band:  whilst child labour is not forbidden in the Sheikh’s kingdom, he is aware of the sensitivities of Western nations and therefore no servant is under sixteen when he joins us. Conversely, the Sheikh believes that much beyond fifty the effectiveness of servants diminishes rapidly, and as a considerable investment is made in induction and training and some return has to be made on  this, we do not generally induct beyond the age of thirty five.

OVERALL OBJECTIVES

The Sheikh requires his servants to be hard working, and responsive to his every requirement.  They need to understand the management and control structures that are implemented in the palaces and on the estates, and to obey superiors precisely and completely.   Sadly, many of the men who join us are unprepared for this regime of diligent, hard work and complete obedience, and much of our training effort has to go in inculcating them with these virtues – some would say “old fashioned” virtues,  I might add.

Life in the Sheikh’s kingdom is also radically different from that which many of our inductees are used to – our climate ranges from hot to very hot, for example, and this dictates a different attitude to dress.  And the Sheikh is a staunch believer in, and adopter of, conservation practices:  consequently many of the tasks which in Western society might be performed by energy-squandering machinery are, in the Sheikh’s kingdom, performed manually.  Many of our trainees have problems of adapting to the regime of dull, repetitive work that results, and one of our tasks as trainers is to get them to understand that they have to use their muscle in a way which is becoming less and less common elsewhere in the world. We also need to show them that western style attitudes to authority are unacceptable, and that orders have to be obeyed completely and absolutely, without question or hesitation  Many trainees, especially those from Europe and the USA, have difficulty with this; but on the other hand we do take a number with experience in the armed forces, and they seem to have fewer problems here, perhaps because they are more used to a proper “hierarchy of command”.  Or perhaps it is that those who join the forces are more likely to have psychological attitudes that are more inclined to accept authority unquestioningly and prefer not to have to make many decisions for themselves.

Our period of training varies – all new inductees go through the same basic processes which I will expand on later in this talk.  Those destined for work in the plantations, quarries and factories are then almost immediately assigned there as much of their education needs – such as it is – can be done by their day to day work supervisors.  For those intended as palace servants and such like, training varies:  some very specialist skills, such as masseurs, are taught by sending the trainee on to special schools.  The Sheikh himself, and his older sons, do however take a keen personal interest in the training of general palace servants, and, indeed, the Sheikh usually wants to carry out later stags of induction himself.  Servants who are to work in transportation generally acquire their skills from their fellows:  it is relatively rare for a new servant to be given sole charge on one of the Sheikh’s carriages or drays, and most of those used in transportation will learn their skills in teams, before being promoted if they catch the Sheikh’s eye when in service.

All of our servants are of course “live in”, and part of the induction process is to introduce them to the demands and responsibilities of using and sharing facilities with their fellows – with the exception of hose inducted form the forces, few men are experienced in both living and working with their colleagues, and some attitude adjustment is often necessary to show the new servant that this is now a requirement of their work.

Our overall objective is to turn untrained inductees in to hard working, responsive servants who are capable of serving the Sheikh for many years in their assigned capacity.  A secondary objective is to ensure that they receive training that “fits them for the purpose” to such an extent that this is generally recognised in the wider community, so that should the Sheikh decide that he is tired of a particular servant, he can readily be disposed of so that a new one can be acquired.

INITIAL PROCESSES

Inductees arrive at our primary processing centre from a variety of sources:  “transfers” from other places (I have already mentioned that the Sheikh takes an active interest in these matters, and “swaps” servants with his peers), those recruited by specialist recruiting agencies in the USA, Europe and Australasia ( the Sheikh prefers ‘Europeans” and has no interest in South Americans or Asians), prisoners from the country’s jails (almost all custodial sentences in the Sheikh’s kingdom result in the prisoner being assigned to a period of service, which therefore involves going through our induction process. Our crime rate is, perhaps as a result of this, astonishingly low), and those who have otherwise broken our laws (there was a flurry of activity earlier in the year, when the USA unwisely attempted a small, covert invasion of the Sheikh’s domain, which was repulsed by his forces and resulted in the induction of a number of marines and infantrymen).

We always begin by stripping the new indictees totally naked.  This signals to them at once that that their training has begun, and that their lives will be different from now on.  We have found it preferable to do this in groups of at least six, as it is more dramatic for some men to be made to strip in front of others.  We also let them see that all the clothing removed from them is at once burned, as this again signals that there is “no going back” now they have started down this road.   Many men seem to be very attached to crucifixes and other religious symbols worn around their necks, and to things like rings which they claim are worn as love tokens, or as treasured gifts from parents.  All such jeweller is of course removed at this stage also, and the inductee sees that this, too, is effectively never to be returned to them as it is merely tossed into a large container, with no attempt made to label it with its former owner’s name.

The rise of body adornments, especially amongst European and USA men, has meant that we frequently have to give attention to the removal of these items at this stage:  although the Sheikh sometimes has ornamental rings affixed to his servants, these are of a “standard” design, and those inductees arriving with ear rings, nipple or navel piercings, or even genital piercings, have them removed at this stage. Incidentally, we have found that in particular the holes from removed genital piercings rarely close up completely and neatly:  a servant whose intended function will be  to be “on display”, perhaps in the hamman, will therefore be closely examined at this stage to see whether his ornamentation has interfered with this intended use so that he should be reassigned.

It is interesting to see the different reactions of men to this stripping, as a guide to how well they will take to their training.  We can experience particular problems with Arabs and others whose former religious faith prohibits public nudity – I say “former”, advisedly, as the Sheikh is a modern man and thus does not tolerate any vestiges of superstition in his servants, so it is perhaps best that they begin to understand this at this very early stage of their training.  We are also able to see those who are already reasonably easy with their bodies being displayed to their fellows- former soldiers are of course used to living something of a communal life and are less affected by the requirement to stand there naked with their fellows, whereas some men can be remarkably prudish and attempt to hide their genitals with their hands!  Our experience is that it is desirable to weed out “exhibitionists” at this stage – men who flaunt their genitalia too openly and proudly almost certainly have some other character flaws which will make them less satisfactory in future.  Our ideal inductee is perhaps unashamed at his nakedness, but at the same time faintly embarrassed by it.

We do occasionally lose inductees at this stage – once they are naked, flaws can be revealed that make the inductee totally unsuitable for service with the Sheikh.  For example, it is almost impossible to remove large tattoos satisfactorily, and even if he is to work in agriculture, often far from the palace, the Sheikh would not wish to see a servant of his with obscene tattoos on him with references to women;  so it is easier to remove such men now rather than risk the Sheikh being affronted when inspecting work on the estates later.

There have been papers, I know, that discuss the desirability of training very young men separately from older ones, and some even advocate totally separate facilities for the sixteen to eighteen year olds!   I do not subscribe to these views, and all ages go through their initial induction processes together.  It is of course true that the teenagers can be excessively shy and modest when required to be fully exposed, but I believe it encourages them to see their elders in the same state, and their sight of hard, “mature” bodies gives them something to aspire to.  At the same time, the presence of very young men can excite “fatherly” instincts in some of the older, tougher trainees, generally calming them and making them less likely to oppose the trainers.  This seems to be particularly true for battle-hardened mature soldiers, who tend to cause fewer problems when mixed with lithe sixteen year olds.  In general, as young and old are going to live and work together in future, I can see little point in segregating them at the start of their training.

Following their stripping, we proceed to cut the hair of all the inductees.  We do this both for aesthetic reasons – the Sheikh does not like to see long hair, and for hygienic ones – regrettably, some inductees, especially those from the prisons, are infested with “crabs” and lice, and the removal of most of the hair helps in the treatment of this.    In the very hot climate that we experience a man needs to be able to sweat freely as he works, and so we remove not only most of the head hair, but also trim the body hair to a “reasonable” length, too:  it is unsightly to see workers with sweat dripping from very hairy armpits, for example, and whilst totally shaven armpits are not desirable from the point of view of “maintenance”, requiring almost daily attention, most inductees benefit from this being cut off at about half an inch.  Genital hair is similarly trimmed short, and the testicles are totally shaved:  this not only assists the trainee in remaining cool, but, I believe, is most aesthetically desirable so that his apparatus is properly displayed.

The Sheikh likes to “see” the musculature of his servants, and there can be a problem with many Arabs, Turks, and some Europeans in that their bodies are generally overly hairy.  A pleasing thatch on the chest, a light trail running across the belly, well-shaded arms and thighs, and so on, can all add interest to the “look” of a man.  But where there is so much hair that the muscles cannot be “seen” properly, this is also shaved off at this stage. Needless to say hairs on the back, or grossly unpleasant amounts of hair protruding from the crack between the buttocks, are also removed.

The Sheikh does not like to see men with beards or moustaches, and the removal of these excrescences can cause some inductees to complain – especially when they have so-called “religious” significance (in some rare cases this is also a problem for head hair).  As I have already explained, though, the Sheikh does not allow such superstitions, and so we proceed with the removal anyway.

Following their clipping and shaving, the inductees are properly cleaned, and again, this is the first experience that some of them have of showering, and excreting, publicly.  Some of them need to be “encouraged” to use the communal facilities for defecation (curiously, as shared facilities for urination are, after all, common), and it is not unusual for some of them to weep with shame at the thought of having to evacuate their bowels in front of their fellows.  Nevertheless, the realities of life for them in the future – especially those who are going to work in agricultural gangs, or in the mines, is that only communal facilities exist, and so they may as well start to get used to using them from the start of their new working lives.

We ensure that there are large mirrors stationed in the corridor leading from the initial processing facility so that the naked, trimmed inductees cannot fail to see the new state of their bodies.  Many of them are anyway unused to walking around naked, especially in the company of others, and the sight of their bodies can now also signal to them once more that their lives have changed irrevocable.

MEDICAL ATTENTION

Sickness is a major potential expense for the Sheikh with such a huge number of servants in use, and we need to take all reasonable precautions to prevent disease and infections spreading.  It is also desirable to weed out any inductees with major faults with their bodies – there is little point in expending money on training a man showing the early stages of any of the “killer” defects, such as cancer, that regrettably are still so prevalent. Consequently before any more work is done on training new inductees, they all undergo a thorough physical examination.

Our doctor takes blood and urine samples, and performs simple “diagnostic” procedures on all inductees: blood pressure, lung capacity, heart rate, and so on, are all simply monitored.  We also X-ray them all because of the rise of TB.  It is also convenient at this stage to weight the inductees and to compute their body mass index:  this is a valuable guide to us in deciding the degree of physical training the inductee needs to turn him into a “proper” servant with a low-fat, well-muscled body.

Even with modern technology some of the medical results take time to come – cultures have to be grown, and so on.  Inductees are not therefore released into the general training facilities until these results are available as we do not want infection to spread – especially, for example, those which are sexually transmitted.  Consequently the inductees are at this point effectively “quarantined” for a day or so.  Of course, if there are any “negative” results in a batch, we then have to remove the offender and re-test all the remainder in case there has been a spread within the quarantine facilities.  We have considered isolating all inductees from their fellows whilst the testing takes place, but decided against it for two reasons:  firstly, most of our inductees are in fact healthy, so the additional expense of building and maintaining individual, rather than communal, facilities is not justified compared with the occasional need to hold things up whilst re-testing takes place.  But more importantly we believe it is important to get the inductees used to living and working communally from the very first moment they come into our care.  After their communal stripping, clipping and washing, we think it would be a retrograde step to now allow them any degree of privacy.

Debate rages as to whether the simple medical procedure that some men require should be carried out immediately, or whether we should wait until they have a “clean bill of health”.  As I said, it is relatively uncommon for inductees to be infected and thus removed from the programme, and so we tend to proceed to circumcise those who need it immediately, rather than waiting. Their recovery period starts immediately, therefore, and less time is wasted before they become useful members of the Sheikh’s work force.  We are lucky in having a relatively high proportion of Arabs and Americans in our intake, so in general only about one third of inductees need to be ‘skinned – the Sheikh likes to “see” all his servants fully, and considers it impermissible for a servant to hide his cock head from view.  Consequently those who have not been circumcised already are done now, and all are of course “high and tight” for maximum exposure (a small number of circumcised men do also occasionally require additional trimming).  Our doctors are very skilled at this procedure, of course, and it usually takes no more than two minutes per servant.  As with the removal of extraneous body hair, some servants initially disagree with having this procedure performed, and, indeed, their disagreement tends to be particularly extreme.  We are fortunate, though, in having the services of the Sheikh’s guards to call on if necessary, as I have mentioned, although the ministrations of the big, strong servants assigned to me, and my assistant trainers, is usually sufficient to overcome their resistance.  We sometimes also take this as a valuable opportunity to introduce particularly argumentative servants to the disciplinary procedures in force throughout the Sheikh’s domain, a discussion of which is generally outside the scope of this paper.  I would however be pleased to present on these methods of ensuring discipline and a high rate of hard, careful work, if invited to attend again next year.

We have also decided that we can get a degree of parallelism into our processing by proceeding with a dental examination and treatment, where necessary, during this “quarantine” period.  Again, it can prove wasteful if one or more of the inductees has some debilitating disease or problem, but it does obviate the need for this treatment to be done later, with possibly more delay.  It is of course vital that inductees have good, strong teeth, not only because anything else would interfere with their continuing ability to work, but because those to be used in close proximity to free men (such as house servants, those in the hamman, and so on) should have sweet-smelling breath.    Our contract dentist has a small room in our facility with rudimentary equipment that enables him to carry out most of the procedures necessary;  it is also at this stage that any inductees indented for specialised roles such as ponies or dray slaves have their rear molars removed to enable the proper fitting of bits and harnesses – again, doing this at this point enables their recovery to be overlapped with the quarantine time.  It is perhaps worth noting that, once in a healthy state, the servants’ teeth tend to stay this way because of their healthy diet:  the Sheikh of course forbids sugary foods as his servants need to remain in peak condition, and most of them eat only the standard “rations” prepared in bulk and consisting of grains, nuts and dried fruit.

Once the test results are available for the current batch of inductees the final medical process is to give all of them a cocktail of inoculations against all the common diseases:  although many of our inductees from the developed world will have been inoculated against polio, mumps, measles and so on in childhood, those from the less developed world may not have been.  Conversely, Americans and Europeans will have no natural immunity to many of the fevers and infections common in our country.  We have therefore found it most convenient to have a single “cocktail” combining all the necessary elements and administer this to all the inductees, so ensuring all are in the same state of protection.  Regrettably the volume of this means that the inductees can experience rather severe discomfort, and the buttocks can remain somewhat inflamed and swollen for several days.

UNIFORMS

The Sheikh does not allow his servants to wear what they like, believing that consistent uniforms, in his house colours, make for a more harmonious “look” to the palace.  Workers in the fields and mines do of course work entirely naked as they have no need for concealment; but  the Sheikh has many foreign visitors to the palaces, and to avoid offending their sensibilities, servants in the public areas are generally clothed.

We have a fierce sun in the Sheikhdom, and so we begin at this stage to toughen the skins of all the inductees against this, exposing their bodies to it so that they rapidly gain a deep tan all over –  this is a particular problem for inductees of a Scandinavian extraction with blond hair and very pale skins, and their exposure time needs to be carefully monitored to avoid painful burning.   All the inductees receive this all-over tanning, however, as even though some will be clothed in their everyday functioning, the Sheikh and his sons consider the “white strip” around the loins to be something that only free men who travel to the West and who occasionally need to use saunas and so on in even the most expensive hotels should aspire to;  the Sheikh, if he lifts the hem of a tunic of a palace servant, would not wish to see his genitalia and buttocks contrasting in colour with the rest of him.

It is of course important that the servants can however be readily identified as those of the Sheikh, whether they are to work in the palaces or outdoors, and therefore as soon as they are judged medically “fit”, we proceed to mark them.

All of the Sheikh’s servants wear a standard collar bearing his name, so that should they escape and are recaptured, they can easily be returned . At this point I should perhaps say that such escapes are astonishingly rare:  outdoor workers are of course permanently chained in coffles, and so it is almost impossible for them to escape, and whilst it is theoretically possible for those at “liberty” whistle working around the palaces to do so, it is very difficult.  The relative isolation of the Sheikh’s kingdom, and the hostility of the surrounding desert, means that escape attempts need to be almost exclusively by air, and immigration control at the airport is extremely vigilant in detecting escaped servants:  even if they have succeeded in removing their collars, their shaved hair and deep tans tend to mark them as “servants” and thus subject to special questioning.  The biggest factor mitigating against escape, though, is the fate that awaits those who are recaptured:  whilst the Sheikh is generally an enlightened, benign employer, he will not tolerate disloyalty and an extremely harsh punishment awaits those who have been so ungrateful as to attempt to leave his service.

The collars are of several types – those destined for the fields and the mines are fitted with standard, heavy iron collars with a large “D” ring through which the coffle chain can be passed.  Those for duties around the palaces get thinner ones in stainless steel, or, rarely, if the servant has been identified as a “favourite” and acquired specially for that purpose, gold.

There is of course an art in fitting collars, and one of the advantages in processing all inductees centrally is that the necessary skills are concentrated and focussed.  Too loose, and the collar will lie low on the shoulder blades, and particularly for coffled workers will then move around and cause chafing and sores.  Too tight, and the servant will find it hard to swallow, or even breathe!  It is a particular problem with those servants who are not yet properly developed – either because they are not yet sufficiently exercised, or  are still young and growing.  We need to make allowances for the thickening and strengthening of many servants’ necks that goes on as they proceed with the vigorous exercises that form part of their training.

It is surprising to see the effect on many inductees as their collars are fitted – even though they now know that their future life will be far removed from that which they have known so far, it appears as if the fitting of the collar somehow marks for them a deeply symbolic act:  wearing the Sheikh’s collar signals to them that they are now owned property in a way that the earlier stages have perhaps not.  This feeling is strengthened when we move onto the final part of our common initial processing : the application of the ownership marks.

All of the Sheikh’s property is of course marked with his house mark, from the stationary used in the offices, through the dinnerware and cutlery on his table, and on through his cars and aeroplanes.  Modern management also dictates that we have a proper inventor management system so that regular audits can be performed of his assets against the central asset register, and for this, in addition to the house mark, an inventory number is required.

Opinions vary, I know, about the desirability of permanently searing an inductee’s flesh with a house mark – the advantages are obvious:  it cannot be removed; it makes an escapee easy to detect, as police officers can simply look at the flesh of any suspect; and it is the final signal to the inductee that he is now “property”.  Many men who have somehow managed to suspend their understanding of their status throughout all the previous processing now also clearly see that they are now different: they have never before been exposed to the pain that marking causes, and begin to realise the power that the Sheikh holds over them, that he can command such a thing to be inflicted on them.  Seeing that the Sheikh, through his employees like me, has the power to inflict suffering on them gets them further towards the proper acceptance of their servile role than many other things have done.

The downside of branding the house mark in to the inductee is of course that it cannot be removed – I have mentioned that the Sheikh takes a keen interest in dealing, and that there is a steady “turnover” of servants from our holdings to others.  It is undeniable, though, that a marked servant is a less desirable property – indeed,  in a recent piece in “The Economist”, it was suggested that marked stock – especially where this was very visible, such as on the face or hands – might suffer prices lower by as much as 15%.

To minimise potential financial loss, therefore, we do not mark inductees on the face, hands or neck.  The house mark is seared into the left buttock of each inductee, so that in general it is only visible when the inductee is faced away from his master.  Should the Sheikh subsequently decide to dispose of the inductee, the acquirer will not necessarily have to see the Sheikh’s mark constantly.  For the same reason the indictee’s stock number is not tattooed on his face or neck – the right upper arm, at the shoulder, is considered a good place for this.  All new stock receives not only the number itself but the equivalent information in the form of a barcode – the Sheikh is always keen to ensure an effective, efficient organisation, and the ability to “scan” stock as it moves around the Sheikh’s holdings means that simple computer applications can take over many of the management and control functions previously done manually by supervisors.

PHYSICAL TRAINING

Once the basic processes I have so far described have been performed, our initial induction is complete. Those intended for work in the quarries or field coffles are therefore turned over to the supervisors responsible for those parts of the Sheikh’s operations, as we have no further interest in them. They may not all be in perfect physical condition, but the hard work they will begin and the controlled diet they are fed will soon get them into shape, and it is not necessary to devote specific resources to increasing their musculature or burning off excess fat as part of the induction process.

For those who are intended as house servants and similar roles, however, we next carry out an assessment of what additional training is necessary to get the body to the state of physical perfection the Sheikh requires.    This is of course particularly relevant to the younger inductees, whose bodies can be “encouraged” by dint of hard work to put on that muscular development that makes very young men so particularly attractive – the ridges across their bellies and the bulges of their biceps being somehow more exciting on their relatively slighter frames.

The Sheikh has a good eye for a man, though, even when, at first sight, the body is unattractive.  He will choose men with a handsome face and a well-proportioned cock and serviceable, low-hanging balls  even if the body is painfully emaciated, or gross and fat.   He has struck many a deal at a bargain price as he alone has had the foresight to observe that some potential servant has the makings of a real beauty concealed within a body that is at that point less than satisfactory.

Both of the most common defects – emaciation and gross overweight –  can be addressed with suitable diet and hard exercise, and many an inductee has been amazed at how his body alters very rapidly under the regime that we impose:  either specially supplemented high-protein diets or starvation, as appropriate, coupled with long bouts on our exercise machines.  These are basically similar to those that you would find in any gym, except that they have been modified to provide attachment points so that the inductee can be secured to them, and their controls and electronics altered so that, once set, only a supervisor can reset them.

Depending on the type of machine, the inductee can then safely be left to exercise for hours unsupervised – particularly in the case of the standard “treadmill” type of running machine, where, if he stops, the chain joining his collar to the front of the machine will choke him.  Or, alternatively, if it is something like a bench press, a supervisor will monitor progress and “encourage” the inductee to continue his work rate, by means of the tawse and punishment cane.  It is absolutely amazing how, with these simple means of keeping the inductee working, the body can be pushed to the limit, which triggers a rapid transformation to a nicely muscled appearance that is much more pleasing to the eye.

Those of you who are connoisseurs of the male form will of course know that there is a difference between muscle laid down by the kind of rigorous exercise I have described and that which is acquired by “natural” hard work.  It is too easy for “machine made” muscle to look unnatural, with the body perhaps a little unbalanced.   Consequently in addition to their work on the exercise machines, the inductees also spend time in one or more of our “exercise rooms” doing work that simulates the hard physical labour that they might have to do in, say, a quarry.

For example, in one of our rooms there is a giant heap of stones of various sizes, varying from the heavy to the extremely difficult to carry, and the inductee is told to move them from one corner to the other and construct a pile of them within an area marked out on the floor.  He knows that he will not be let out of the room, and therefore will receive no food or water, until this task is accomplished, and this is a big spur to work hard at a variety of manual tasks with a consequent subtle toning of his entire body.

SEXUAL “BREAKING”

It is a myth, probably promulgated from the many erotic stories that are to be found on the internet, that an owner “takes the cherry” initially of any virgin inductee.

In our case the volume of inductees going through the system makes this impracticable, and so the Sheikh does not routinely do this.  He does, of course, identify any inductees at their initial inspection that he wishes to use first, and these are reserved for him so that once their bodies have been toned and hardened they can be presented to him for his pleasure.

Many of our inductees are of course going to work coffled together in the fields, or the quarries, and in practice we do not normally bother to use them sexually at all during training – once they have been coffled, the normal desires of their coffle-mates and supervisors generally ensures that they quickly lose their virginity, whether they wish to or not.

Those inductees who are destined to serve around the house, or the hamman, or even as gardeners in the pleasure grounds, might of course be selected by the Sheikh’s guests for their pleasure, and so these inductees are indeed therefore introduced to proper man-to-man sex as part of their training.  If the Sheikh himself has not elected to take the cherry of an inductee, he is therefore formally “used” by me or by one of my assistant trainers, and, I have to say, I regard this as one of the “perks” of the job! Whether it be a young sixteen year old, or a mature prisoner of war with much experience of life, there is something rather special about entering him for the first time as he lies strapped down and helpless on a “fucking horse”.  I like to think that my men and I are sensitive to the terror, shame and pain that the inductee is probably feeling as he is violated, and that it is therefore better to do this as part of his training. In some establishments it is of course the practice to keep all new inductees until such time as the owner or one of his guests chooses to use him, but this can be unnecessarily difficult  for both parties, and we believe our way is preferable.

As you would expect, an inductee who is to be used around the house or in the hamman is then given a more rigorous and vigorous training in the techniques that he will employ to pleasure the Sheikh, his sons and guests, and this is generally done by those mature servants who have been performing these roles for some time.  This “on the job” training, we find, gives the new inductee a real feeling for the work he will be undertaking and there is just no substitute for an older, more experienced, servant showing a younger one all the “tricks of the trade”.

SUMMARY

I hope that in describing the processes we use for quickly and efficiently inducting new servants into the Sheikh’s organisation I have given you food for thought.    Working on a very tight budget, with very limited resources (just me and two trainers, plus assistance from “regular” servants as appropriate), we have found that our standardised approach enables a rapid throughput and the processing of inductees into useful members of the Sheikh’s workforce at minimum cost.

We are of course always looking  for ways to improve the process, and I hope that in the breakout sessions later today and in less formal discussions at coffee, and lunch, I will hear of ideas that we can import from your experience to improve our systems and procedures.

I’d like to thank again my employer, the Sheikh, for making this session possible, and the members of the Royal  Society for inviting me to give this paper.

Thank you.

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