Just a quick question I would like to ask the forum regarding a friend of mine in the royal engineers, his trade is or once was Carpentry. He was the first mate of mine to join the regular army, he has just been made redundant and completed 7 years service. It seems all well and good but he didn't pick up lance jack, moreover the one thing I can't get my head around is he has never been on tour! In the last 7 years the Opportunity to go to either Iraq or Afghanistan has been huge, he's the one person out of our military peer group who hasn't been to those theatres, i would ask him myself but I feel I won't get a straight answer, he also told me a few years back he was due to join an EOD unit on transfer. Still never went on tour. Can anyone give me an idea why he has actually accomplished very little out of the army? He hasn't even squared away a simple driving test. Is this down to the individual or unit? He's a fit lad so nothing to do with fitness issues .