I have just been reading some of the posts that many people have written and have generally came up with the same conclusion. The Army is a sinking ship that is totally undermanned and overcommited. As a result of this, the recruitment and training process is very fast and of poor quality, retention in units is the main effort nowadays - with measures i have seen to keep the crappest Pte soldier 'interested' nothing short of begging, and the standard of bloke is diabolical. The next time you find yourself in a realtime situation, take a look at the blokes that surround you and ask yourself this: 'Is this man capable of backing me up in combat if it hits the fan'. This is the question i asked myself around about this time last year. Now I am a civilian.