Forgive me if this is in the wrong area... How unfortunate do you find it that British soldiers can't operate their weapon from the left shoulder when need-be? I personally can't join any of the forces because of this as my right eye isn't what you'd call spectacular. However, my right eye meets the requirements for a recruits left eye, and my left eye meets the requirements for a new recruits right eye, so in a nut shell, if the SA-80 was suitable for use on both shoulders, i'd probably be ok to join. Im saying this because all i read is about shortages in new recruits etc etc, yet there are people like my kicking themselfs because they can't join for reasons that essentially could be solved... its not like i have no legs, my only problem is my right eye. I know the number of potential recruits in my situation is probably just a drop in the ocean - but isn't that what the army needs right now? Therefore my question is this, would it be worth coming to a comprimise for my situation, say adopting a second 'standard' personal weapon for left shoulder shooters (for example the M16 - i say for example!) because scrapping the SA-80, rightfully, isn't going to happen any time soon. In turn this will therefore potentially allow people in my shoes to join, and thus one thing capping the number of recruits joining is removed with minimal effort. Yeh it'll cost a bit of money, but so do recruitment drives that don't appear to do much. Obviously it's a balancing act between money and necessity. Are soldiers limited enough by the lack of 'flexibility' for it to be worthwhile, or should people like me just accept that theres nothing we can do? Im in no position to comment, but most of you guys are and if you're willing, post what you think about the limits of being restricted to the right shoulder and in general, similar things limiting recruits that could essentially be solved... Cheers, im just curious. I want to be green, always have and its a kick in the teeth when theres nothing you can do to achieve what you want.