Thirty 18-24 year old men are thrown together and put through a regimen which half way through the last century was reputed to turn boys into men: National Service. In a disused army barracks, they'll be given a taste of army life, 50s style. An abuse-screaming sergeant major will lick them into shape. Humiliating punishments will include cleaning the toilets with a toothbrush and cutting the lawn with nail scissors. They'll be beaten down and dragged up only to be beaten down again - drilled and driven until they reach breaking point. The most unexpected will crack. The most unlikely will run. The most surprising will rise to the challenge. 30 volunteers face home-sickness, barrack room tensions and a grueling regime. Divided from the outset into two competing squads, those who survive will achieve the ultimate rewards of National Service: self-discipline, self-reliance, and the kind of self-knowledge that only comes with being a member of Lad's Army.