The Sgt Roberts thing will no doubt open the floodgates of missing kit stories.
Things like the vascuar kit have now been voiced through the system with the med/med log chain and hopefully will be resolved along with issues about procurment and turn round of medical kit. I would sugest the whole med log chain needs re-examined and the privatisation of MSA put on hold.
The senior MO with the Black Watch battlegroup told us the whole medical chain would be overwhelmed within 24 hours if there was serious reistance and even moderate casualties. As Du-Lai says, we were lucky.
This story, and many other example of chronic shortages, were brought to the attention of the Commons Select Committee which was examining the matter. As far as i know, everything has now been swept under the carpet and no action taken either against the chain of command, or to alleviate the root causes of these problems.
MaybeI'm wrong, but it feels for the first time that we may be reaching the 'tipping point' where troops will no longer meekly do their masters bidding without the right kit and support, especially if they feel that any problems are being swept under the carpet.
Before the war, there were plenty of anonymous letters in the press from serving soldiers questioning just about every aspect. Now we have serving soldiers who have suffered from MOD mismanagement going public with their grievances - with, it seems, very little pressure from their chain of command to prevent them when previously it could have been career ending.
This is not the first case of under supplyment. i know that some soldiers have beeen issued little more than 100 shots. They may seem like alot but following an incident where a challenger tank had to come a save a unit of soldiers pinned down with no ammuntion left by insergants shows how underfunded the British Army is and high funding will be needed for our Army to fight to it's full level.
ive just inspected aroom of lads straight out of phase 1 only one pair of boots and no respirator haversack how they expect lads in phase one and two to make do with one pair of boots is beyond me will they ever learn?