Having moved from "in" to "out", I am now lecturing on the BTEC courses for Uniformed and Public Services - and a bloody good career change it was! However, I have lots of young lads and lasses who want to join the Army but seem to be getting some strange messages from AFCO. One girl was given her TAFMIS forecast for recruiting which gave a pretty bleak picture, but it seemed to bear no relationship to what she actually wanted to do! She was offered musician (does not play an instrument or have any burning desire to do so), and AAC groundcrew. I appreciate she has completed the BARB-T, but don't the AFCO staff do some face to face work to make sense of what the computer tells them? She had almost three pages of jobs that were suitable but were not recruiting - and for some reason she ended up being accepted as a paratrooper! She is considering suspending her application until something more realistic comes along. I know that the Forces have a lot of applicants to choose from at the moment... In addition - Army Bursary scheme - a bloody good idea, but have the AFCOs been told to cut back on mentioning them? I have had some people told that they need to complete a 5 year ROS to keep them, and some people told that they don't do them any more! I know that the only thing that has changed appears to be an annual fitness test to stop the "oh dear, I've got Â£2K and now I have flat feet" scenario, but is there anything that we are missing?