There's some quality letter writing going on in Soldier mag these days! Love the bit about directing fatties to the salad counter!! SHAPE UP NOT SCRUB UP A LOT has been said in the letter pages of this superb magazine about dress in Afghanistan and while it is always going to be an emotive issue with the guys on the ground versus the powers that be, I feel it is masking the real issue of obesity and a lack of fitness in theatre. I was shocked to see overweight soldiers queuing for the cookhouse at Bastion who would quite clearly fail a physical or combat fitness test. Rather than having a lieutenant colonel or garrison sergeant major (complete with pace stick) stood at the door of the cookhouse turning people away for not wearing issued boots, a unit PTI or member of the RAPTC should be directing overweight soldiers to the healthy-eating hotplate and arranging for them to attend PT sessions in the newly-built and fantastically-equipped gymnasium. I suppose one positive of the presence of overweight personnel is that is provides evidence of decent food! Name and address supplied.