One of the highest traditions of the British Army remains the ritual slaughter of useless or dangerous officers during the first exchange of fire. The first British volley was always reserved for the officers, to ensure common sense would prevail during the remainder of the engagement. This traditional "Life Insurance" has been widely practiced since the peninsular war and perhaps before. During WWII a variation of the practice crept in with the popular practice of Fragging the officers mess. This practice was more hit and miss with sucess not always guaranteed. Correctly applied to inept or medal hungry officers it could reduce the risk of coming under fire at all. The earlier practice, popular in the colonial service where the hapless officer would be "discovered" blind drunk, clutching two dry bummed drummer boys, (both bleating for their mum) has been discontinued. Where previously the disgraced officer would be handed the mess Webley and told to pay his bar chit before departing, It is now widely accepted that such a "discovery" would lead to fast track promotion of the officer in today's Army. Where do we stand now? Which technique should be the standard drill?