The armed forces have come on a bit since I joined, we no longer have puttees or the SLR and tin helmet. Uniform has gone from wooly pullies and denims to combat95 and now PCS is either on issue or just around the corner. Military doctrine has changed from the Cold War warrior bolstering the Berlin Wall against the Reds to being in the sandpits of Iraq and then onto the hell of Afghanistan, a hell thats constantly in our homes on the tv or, worse still, because you or I or our loved ones stand a reasonable chance of going there. When I was a recruit we were taught the importance of camouflage, the 4 S's, Shape, Shine, Shadow and Silhouette. Every exercise featured troops covered in local trees and cam cream. And thats my question, every news bite from Afghanistan, every clip that shows servicemen out on patrol, every programme that features our brave lads and lasses.............non of them wear cam cream. Is it because Afghanistan is mainly a sandy coloured dust bowl ? Maybe, but what about the green zone, what about night ops. Is cam cream redundant or was it simply part of the preparation for war, like the picts painting themselves blue or the sioux putting white lines on their faces.