Extract from the Westminster Hall Debate on the British Army 30 jan 07 Rt Hon Gerald Howarth Cons MP for Aldershot. " The people who are leaving are the backbone of the british Army: the captains, majors and senior warrant officers. They are the repository of the real experience in today's army. Their loss is potentially the most damaging, and something has to be done about it. I have two guards battalions in Aldershot at present. Before Christmas, the CO fo the Irish guards told me, 'Sir, we are not valued!' Is the Army of today valued by Biritsh society? Are we valued?