I think the Army is failing to select and promote the right kind of people these days. Although I maintain there are some of the best people around still in the army it seems to me that the brown nosers and nerdy academics are selected for command in many cases over and above good blokes who would if given the chance command effectively and give a shit about their men. It seems the Army has forgotten that Officers need to have the respect of their men, and that they have to earn it by strong leadership, good decision making but in my estimation empathy for the soldier and his lot in life is key - NOT attempting to give your boss a ring dobie!! God help us - where has all the fun gone. Piss off you peacetime hampton smokers and bring back the people with a bit of backbone. Arghh off me chest now - just don't tell my boss he'll write me down!!