http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_Finland is well worth a read. Politicians running education systems often want to find out how the likes of Finland do so well, but they ask the questions (going on fact-finding missions etc) and then don't like the answers they get back.
Here in the UK the drive in schools for years now has been towards pitiless onslaughts of standardised national testing at all levels, and league tables and measurement everywhere you look. It is the exact opposite of letting children learn and grow in idiosyncratic ways without pressure for them to 'acquire key skills' and essentially tick the boxes the government wants ticking. This is all driven by the business imperative to turn education into training for jobs rather than anything about nurturing well-rounded, inquisitive, open-minded, moral human beings, and is combined with some ill-informed tabloid crap about how kids these days don't respect their elders, blah blah blah.
Politicians see that the country's schools are some way down the league tables, look across the water to Finland, refuse to believe what they hear about no high-pressure exams until the end of school, teachers being respected instead of turned into drones, and so they go ahead and implement the exact opposite.
Just as most people are unaware of widespread keyboard shortcuts, think the blue 'e' is the Internet, and confuse RAM with hard disk space (emptying the recycle bin if their computers slow down with a bazillion browser tabs open), so are most users ignorant of text files and text editors and believe that if you want to write something down, you need a word processor.
This is the mentality that leads to people sending out emails with subject lines like "PLEASE READ", body text consisting of something like "See attached" and the actual content in a bloated and superfluous
The only formal education in computing I received at school consisted of things like how to make words underlined in, you guessed it, Microsoft Word, so it is no wonder the average hospital employee believes they need expensive proprietary software to perform trivial computing tasks.
While technically correct, the recruitment posters have ra.mod.uk on them, not ba.mod.uk (which doesn't redirect to anything) or army.mod.uk (their actual website). So if they advertising as such, I don't think they mind too much when people get it wrong. Also, a couple of individual sections are called as such, like the Royal Army Medical Corps and the Royal Army Veterinary Corps.
Well I just pointed my browser to ra.mod.uk and it took me to the website of the Royal Artillery, which is a set of regiments in the Army, not the entire Army.
BASIC is to computer programming as QWERTY is to typing. -- Seymour Papert