I was speaking to a German officer recently. In their leadership philosophy it is a command function to explain to soldiers why they are going on a particular operation; why it is morally and politically the right thing to do. Their view is that a soldier who is convinced that his cause is just is better motivated than a soldier who goes where's he told without thinking too much about it. A common (probably not majority) view is that such a soldier is no better than a mercenary. So the question is to all those ARRSERs who have been to Iraq/AFG or are going to go (ie everyone!): given the political background to these operations how important is it to be given a. a sound political and moral reason for going? b. to believe it? I was on TELIC 1 and apart from a rallying CO's eve of battle speech there was never any direct explanation of the whys and wherefores that I remember. I also don't ever remember discussing it with anyone.