I am grateful to the Army Rumour Service for allowing me to joining this forum. I am a journalist currently looking into the pressures faced by UK servicemen. My interest was stimulated by, among other things, recent MoD figures which show a sharp increase in the number of Awol cases, and a decrease in recruitment. In order to better understand these pressures, Iâm keen to hear directly from ex-servicemen and their families, either anonymously via this forum, or by email. I am very aware that servicemen tend to be very wary of the media. Any of you who consider responding may therefore be interested to see a similar string I started on MoD Oracle last week, see: http://www.modoracle.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=1112&PN=0&TPN=1 Many thanks, John.