Many new guys, who make mistakes (didn't we all?) say things like "well no-one told me, trained me or briefed me". Now when there are tchnical issues involved I think that cvan be a fair defence, but do we need to tell recruits the difference between more basic (in my view) elements of day to day life? For instance, a. breaking stuff that isn't yours - is wrong. b. being late in or still being pissed the morning after - is wrong. c. taking anything that isn't yours and using it as your own with no intention of ever returning it - is wrong. yet all these have recently been questioned with such inane comments as - no-one told me, i thought he wouldn't mind, I didn't mean to break it! This indicates that there is a need to teach young soldiers some Values and Standards. Or am I just a grumpy old man after 30 years and still serving?