I thought it may be interesting to see what people remember as being their earliest memory of the Army, to start off I'll give mine! According to my mother, I wanted to be a soldier from the age of around three...my memory of that age is somewhat dodgy.....I can however, say that as long as I can remember I wanted to join the army! Apparently the revelation happened during a Mothers Union visit to London where I saw the changing of the guard at Buck House. One day, at the age of 11, (1969/70) on the village green of our hamlet in Devon on the Southern edge of Dartmoor, I found an army landrover with a bunch of chaps huddled round a radio. I asked for a capbadge as a souvenir and a guy duly handed one over. I still have it somewhere today.....................the RAC badge. At 16 I went to JLR RAC and, discovered the guys I met were JLR and, where I'd thought them sweats were, in fact lads of my current age on, what turned out to be the long range comms part of the old phase two sigs course!! I duly joined Devon ACF in 1970 and was introduced to my first 'real' gun the Lee Enfield M10, No4, Mk IV - a beast of a gun with a kick like a polish prostitute!! I was sold and, 1975 saw the start of the best 15 years of my life!!!!