Today I met an ACF Officer,he was taking part in the poppy collections. He had with him several AIs and obviously quite a few cadets. Although I only spoke to him for a few minutes and nothing shone through to say he is a man of exceptional talents, he must be. With the exception of only one or two of his cadets every person in his command seemed to want to be this man. They had all modelled themselves on him. He and and his AIs had all turned up in civvies. They had all chosen to dress as he had, as scruffy and with as little pride in themselves as possible. Jeans, trainers, DPM jackets, working boots etc were the order of the day. They were in civvies, apparently, so that they could 'sneak up on the cadets to make sure they were behaving'. Not sure how that went, as I was in the town for a couple of hours and the only time I saw the AIs they were walking around in a gang, looking like something off the local council estate(no offence to those decent people on the estate) Which leads us nicely on to his group of cadets. Kids who obviously think that this man is someone to aspire to be. They too were a scruffy, dirty looking bunch. Their uniforms didn't fit well, their hair was a mess and one girl had nails so dirty she looked as if she had been digging potatoes up. Oh and let's not forget her chipped, half worn away bright pink nail polish. They stood around in the town with hands in pockets, head-dress an optional extra, leaning against walls. However i do not blame this on the cadets, they gave their time and stood out there in the freezing cold for a good cause. It is not their fault that the man leading them is a lazy, fat, scruffy git. Nor is it their fault that their AIs were too fat and lazy to put on a uniform, stand in the cold with them and lead by example So if you are that officer , well done to you, you have managed to create them in your image. It is a shame that your image is that of a fat, scruffy, lazy git, who cannot even be bothered to put his uniform on . There were a couple of exceptions, a couple of lads who , against all odds, had made the effort to look smart. Well done those lads, you deserve so much better.