I registered tonight to ask a genuine question. After lurking occasionally on this site for some months and being equally entertained and apalled at some of the posts, I have a question that hopefully someone will take relatively seriously. Is serving in HM forces really as bad as it appears to be to the uninformed observer on here. And if so, why do you stay in? Because it would seem to be an never ending list of complaints about conditions of service, equipment failures, lack of up to date kit and suprisingly, a lack of respect from your fellow citizens. I have no agenda hidden agenda here, not a journalist or prying in any way. I'm just a civilian who in his daily life likes to support the armed forces of his country in any way he can. Even to the Guardianista's that he meets on a daily basis. Feel free to slag me off, It's your forum after all and I wont be posting again. It was a genuine question though.