During yet another session of being the Regimental Orderly Officer, I began to contemplate what it was all about. Having performed the duty of ROO/ROS since 1985, I can't really say that I have absolutely, definitely needed to be there for anything. Now, I could be the luckiest Orderly Officer in the world, but somehow I don't really think so. This got me thinking, so off I went to the guardroom to find out exactly how many duty personnel there were for this particular day- an astounding 19 not including the guard force!!!!!!!!!! I really cannot believe that all of these people; most just on call but nevertheless on duty and within one hour of the camp and sober; really need to be on duty. So now the big question; why? It is reasonably obvious why we have a guard force although many are just civilian companies these days (yes that includes MGS and MPGS- they are just civvies), but why all the others - DFO, ROO, ROS, duty driver, duty welfare, duty clerk, duty RP, duty chef, duty this that and the fu**ing other? What on earth do they do that cannot be covered by the emergency services, local council services or as part of the everyday (I stress DAY) duties and checks of soldiers? For example, why on earth does the ROO/ROS check the standard of meals - particularly with impending doom of pay as you dine; why do they check 3 items from the rations store -if the ration storeman wanted to rip the unit off, he would. Why duty welfare? The local council have duty social workers. Why a duty clerk? - emergency 1771 or emergency typing? Why a duty chef - emergency bacon sarnies? Why a duty RP -nobody gets jailed anymore anyway? I think that duties need to be completely overhauled and from the very top - not just at unit level. Even the ROO or ROS -what can they do that the civil police cannot do? Do the higher echelons really think that the boys will misbehave any more than they already do just because there isn't an officer asleep in front of the TV in the mess or that there is one less pissed off Sgt staying in the mess that weekend? Rant over - any comments?