For years now the powers that be have been going on about shrinking the army and cutbacks. Alot of this has been done by civilianising jobs and contractorising out work! This we know does not work but why do they still believe that it does?? Have you tried to get a civi out of bed at 2 in the morning and getting them to stay out until the fault has been cleared! Even when I was at Land in the mid 90's and had to call out BT they would only come out when they saw fit, put the kit into a test and leave it for an hour! BUT they would'nt stay for the hour - we had to call them back after an hour and they would come out again (receiving another callout fee). Now on Ops I see things have got worst!! The contracts have been written by someone up high who does not have a clue what is really required and therefore the contract gets written badly with really vaige statements! To make matters worst when the contractor does not hold up their end (if you can tell what that is) they don't get punished!! The MOD must seem like easy pickings to civi street. I have many more examples but was wondering on general opinions.