Don't know if this has been done before on the forums and not sure if this is the correct one. I'm musing now and painting a picture:- Some say Afghanistan may be with us for 5 to 10 years, while others think they'll be bringing them home in not too long as the public won't stand the casualties. With this massive government debt the Army (along with the other services) are likely to have to suffer cuts in spending and the Generals won't get to recruit the 25,000 extra soldiers on their wish list - did we ever have the barracks for them anyway? It's quite feasible that the UK Defence Budget - presently one of the world's largest - may have to be reduced to say the size of Italy's, consequently the UK will be off the top table of nations. Should the Tories win the election held within the next 10 months, Cameron may unhitch our star from the US wagon and UK foreign policy will no longer be made in the West Wing of the White House. What will be the result? Will their be further integration with EU Forces - a UK/Irish/Portugese Brigade for example? I'm trying to picture in my mind's eye to kind of the career say of a young 17 year old passing out the Army Foundation College at Harrogate into the Regular Army this term would have over the next 22 years. What types of operations will he be serving in - asymmetric or heavy metal? What size of force level - battle group, brigade or division level, UK or multinational formation? What continents will he serve in? Will he be sufficiently clothed, equipped and protected for the tasks ahead of him or will shortages continue? What kind of support package - serving (terms and conditions of service, housing and welfare etc) and post career - will he receive? Will there still be a Wednesday Sports Afternoon and time for adventurous training? Will he believe that he's doing a worthwhile job and be adequately recompensed for it? What changes is he himself likely to experience in his career? I for one suspect he will see his career possibly extended with his consent out to the age of 60. Above all, will he enjoy what he's doing? Any punter out there with any thoughts?