I joined in the mid 80's for the pure and simple reason that I wanted to travel. Getting some kind of career was second. Back then you could get posted to exotic places with palm trees where the locals didnt shoot back. You could go to far off lands and experience the culture on expeditions. Those days are gone. Now it's tour's and razor wire for all. What would people her suggest as viable means of getting people to join, even if it's just for 3 years or so. Are there any incentives currently that I'm not aware of? For instance I would suggest that the army could let people join for a 4 year term in return for the army paying them through university. Improving the education available to ALL ranks, not just for promotion courses via distance learning courses. Preventing the attitude amongst some SNCO's I knew who when they found out one of the troop was attending night school and needed an afternoon off to take his exams got the entire troop on parade and forbid anyone from doing any kind of extra curricular course which may affect his running of the troop. Travel benefits should also be re-instated. It's just not right expecting someone to pay a hundred and fifty pounds to get themselves home from Germany simply because of their age, even though they have been the same rank for many years. There are fewer and fewer incentives to soldier these days. This needs to change, and the only way to do it is to offer genuine, tangible and lasting benefits (not small cash bounty's) which will make people see the army as a way to gain something rather than as a job which may or may not reward them.