I'd say serious answers only please, but as I've put this in the NAAFI - any responses are welcome. I have worked all over Afghanistan over the past five years, but have spent the last two and a half in KAIA. In my time in the army I've known junior british officers who are grteat fun, beer monsters and sniff around chicks like a dog with two dicks, but once they reach the rank of Major/Lieutenant Colonel it's almost as if their sense of fun has died. I'm sure they are great with their children/grandchildren/spouse/small furry animals, but it's almost as if they've withdrawn from living. I ask this as I know a large number of senior(ish) foreign officers, barring the brits - they mostly all are up for a bit of a laugh, you'd be surpised at how many French Lt Cols/Colonels do Zumba! Is it just my exposure to particular British officers or am I just making a sweeping generalisation? Are our mid-senior level officers slightly older than their foreign counterparts of the same rank? There's no real reason for my asking this question, it's based on one of those random conversations had over brunch on a quiet friday morning. Before you mention my age or otherwise, I'm 36 years old, straight & had a decent time in the Army, so I'm neither an eagle or a crow.