OK I'll freely admit I'm not infantry and seldom get nearer danger than KAF or Bastion so might well be talking out of my hoop. But a conversation I had this morning got me thinking. 6 month Op tours are theoretically coming round every four years, or will do now Telic has wound down. But why not switch to 8 month tours? I know no one wants to be out there longer but again, theoretically tours and PDT would come round only every 6 years, and which sounds better, one 8 month tour every six years or two 6 month tours every 8? No idea of Optag, PDT and the rests typical costs, but only having to run it three times in two years is probably cheaper than running it four. That might be handy now we're broke. It would also help give a bit more breathing space on the air bridge to and from theatre. With people cycling through less often that would also help make R&R trips easier than at present! There's probably something I've failed to consider with all this, so any thoughts?