Actually too simplistic a question, but too late now. I suppose everyone who got past basic training is proud even if they they hated every minute and borrowed their mate's drug laden pi55 for the CDT instant exit plan.
Good CO, I AM proud to have served - Unfortunately though, like so many who have left in recent years, incredibly sad at the attitude of the Govt. towards the military. No fool to the risks and potential danger when I joined it was impossible to judge the full extent of commitment that the modern day army has had to give during the current Ops abroad.
One of the first in my peer group to leave, the rest are following like lemmings having experienced the full extent of the maltreatment and been made aware of the ignorance of the current incumbents in Westminster.
It is terribly sad, and I take my hat off to those willing to stay in and continue what is truly in my eyes, selfless commitment.