How long did it take you to get the army out of your system once you'd left? I was talking to a long term civvy friend of mine last weekend and he was telling me the difference he saw in my outlook and behaviour from the first moments I'd left and how I was now. He tols me I was wound up tighter than a clockspring and I used to look and act quite agressivly, even when just going for a paper. When I meet friends of mine still serving I notice these things more than ever before. Apparently I am now normal (on the outside at least) after 5 years on the outside, but the army does still feature quite heavily on my subconsious, as almost all of my dreams are army releated, featuring old mates and situations etc, and I still get the urge to hit idiots wherever I find them. What I'd like to find out from all of you ex's is how long did it take you to mellow out, or not to think about the army on a daily basis, or force yourself to settledown, and not have to worry about living out of bags. Me? I'd say 3.5 years.