Here goes, I'm not at Dishcloth but I did spend nearly 7 years there. Personally I thought it was a great place to be and I know that many others felt the same. I'm sure that the following point has been taken into account when discussing/planning the future but bear with me a second. If the planned move to Benson goes ahead this will leave the AAC without any real representation in the North of the UK (sorry to Leuchars but you know what I mean). One thing I did notice when at Dishforth was the amount of men and women from the North, doesn't matter what trade - Groundies, Aircrew, Chefs, Techs, FAACO etc etc. Has anyone looked into the possible effect of recruiting to the AAC and Avn related trades through not having a Northern base ? I'm sure it will have an effect but I'm not sure how much. While a lot of us join the army to escape the place we live (well I did) there is a tendancy to be drawn back to an area after a few years. Certainly recruiters now advertise the fact that you can be nearer home as a lot of youngsters want that, it has been proven by ATRA that the chance of being nearer to family is a big lure these days. This obviously works well for local Inf type units but I"m sure it will make a difference to us as well. All the geordies, scousers, jocks and whippet fanciers might just think twice about the AAC if there is never going to be anything for them nearer to home, especially with the work tempo being what it is right now. It's not as if we have the time to knock off every Fri lunchtime and not start back until Mon PM (as some in other arms can). Travelling up North for the weekend will be very expensive and very rare. It's just a thought, it doesn't affect the price of fish for me as I'm out soon but I would certainly hope that this has already been factored in for the future. The question is.......Has it ? Please don't use this as a "I hate northerners" thread, there are plenty of them about (and vice versa). Any thoughts ?