The word on the Strasse is 16AA havent got the official sanction from MOD to deploy to Afghan next year, equipment is not ready and major units will literally miss the boat. Comd 16 has taken the matter into his own hands and pushed for unit training and back door equipment prep, but is this really the way to do business after all the deplyments in the last 10 years? Sounds a very similar situation to Sep 02 - Jan 03 before Telic (Remeber that f**king nightmare, no you're not going, no you're not going, yes! you are going why arnt you prepped?) And before Macedonia in 2001 Are the MOD Manderins really this stupid? Do they have any realisation of the effect on the depolying units where operational readiness is concerned? And more importantly the effect on the morale of the blokes, has it been this thin before? i dont think so.