I couldn't agree more now that the weather is hotting-up, but speak to the G1 types and this is an issue that is p*ssing people off. How do you stop it? If I'm stagging on for six months, I don't want to see medal-grabbers from Staff College acclimatising, sightseeing then going home. Maybe the Sgts Mess need to get to know about this. Then something can be done!
This sounds like NI in the 70's. The GSM62 gong became a "completed basic training medal" and we got to the stage where we were promised only one 4 month tour every year (broken) and guaranteed standdown after 18 month tour (broken). On the other hand you were guaranteed a job that would give you a pension....... - its starting to sound familiar, i am getting unpleasant flashbacks - could it be PTSD (Post Tour Shortly Deployed) or the other PTSD all over again...aaargh