Now that I am out, after 22+ years in, I have applied to join the local British Legion. I am surprised at the time and effort that it actually takes to become a member. I believe that I have passed to committees selection process and will soon venture on into my 3 months as a probationer (after 3 months they may ask me to leave!). I did go to the club once, and was told that my processing stage wasn't complete (in other words) and that I should wait out - have not even had a beer there yet!. Therefore I am sat at home wondering when I will get the OK to attend. The question I would like to pose is: "If the British legion are seeking new members (ex-servicemen and civilians), and with the decline in numbers of Servicemen willing to attend (or able to attend) , why are there so many hurdles to jump before being accepted as a member?" This is not a knock at the British Legion by the way. Gawd, I hope that this will not affect my probationary period at the club!!!!!!!!!!!!!