This may be the wrong board, but hey-ho, it said 'Tanks' on the door. So working away on some wagons today, and as usual it's a nightmare. A complete and utter nightmare. Why? Because they break a lot. Now I recall going on exercise to Salisbury and going down to a place on the area, a rather large warehouse hangar affair, where I could sign for some LR's with full fit Bowman. They came ready to go, in very good condition. I signed for them, took them out and brought them back in more or less the same condition. Why the hell aren't we doing this with all our vehicles? Lets take the decrepit CVR(T) range. Why don't we put them all into this system but retain two vehicle types per Regiment. These can then be used the same way the ones in Bovington are - Stripped, messed with, put back together. Used for towing, driver training, etcetc. It doesn't matter you only have what, maybe six vehicles in a whole Regiment, the Regiment can allocate their use to Squadrons, a week at a time. A week is ample enough time to fit in what you need to do. Remember, this stuff is only ultimately for camp use. When you go on ex or gun camp you just sign some out and get them delivered by low-loaders to CMR or take them straight out the hangar if on the plains. So you're going to make a massive saving straight away on parts, spares and maintenance. I see our metal skip fill daily with crap that was wrongly ordered and we were told "Just skip it" even though it's brand new. I see piles of stuff in cages and hangars everywhere which is doing nothing and is just wasting space and the money they cost. I see daily training being put aside because of constant niggling jobs that need working on and by the time you've fixed that something else is broken. There is no logical argument for not using this Fleet Management system (If that's what it's called, the thing I'm referring to. I don't think it is mind.). The transport unit for tanks, apparently there's only one in the UK. Well if we had all our AFV's bar the training ones at Regiments at a central location then they could be based there and probably cope with the demand instead of having to get civvie companies to ferry stuff about at a ridiculous cost. I think it's a great idea. I've spent too many hundreds of hours fixing vehicles instead of training and furthering my skills, and don't say fixing them is furthering your skills, there's a limit to how many times you can do the same damn job before you stop getting any benefit from it. Bah, what a crap day at work.