Am curious as to whether the current war in Afghanistan is a plus for recruiting - or a minus? I think it was Kipling who said a small war is the best recruiting sergeant, and I would imagine most soldiers who sign up do so in the expectation of going to war at some point in their careers. Well, there is now a war on, and the chances of serving troops getting into are, I imagine, pretty decent. Or, is the thought of getting killed or wounded in a real shooting war putting lads off signing up? In the not-too-distant past, those joining the Army could reasonably expect to spend most of their career in training or on peace-keeping missions. Would be interested to hear the take of any recruiting staff on this issue.