1, The Telegraph today (25/11/04), as part of an article reported the statements made by TCH on day two of HRHs speech and I quote: âThe government argues that multi-battalion regiments would result in fewer battalions being unavailable for operations because of the need to retrain them for new roles. Instead, individual soldiers would move between battalions permanently committed to a particular roleâ If the above is true then why dismantle the âRegimentsâ to achieve the best of both worlds when you can train all of the army irrespective of cap-badge to be interchangeable when required. Remove the Honour of the cap badge and the role of HRH and you remove the reason of the armed forces. SOLIER FIRST, TRADESMAN SECOND 2, As is known throughout HRHs armed forces, the MOD is not a military run operation, it is an accountancy run organisation. If this government is so set on reducing costs why are the armed forces subjected to the costs of developing new technology (see the âNew HumVeeâ) and the overweight replacement for the harrier, 2 new carriers that cannot take the new plane, SA80 MRKII, Challenger replacement etc, etc and comms that do not work. 3, I started a thread about the real numbers of in the Army and received the reply that 103,000 was the correct number. To this I would like to address the simple mathematical problem â commitment/countries/103000 troops does not equate to what and who is available. This number must include both TA (honourable people) and the ACF/CCF. This is the only way I can account for the oft-quoted number and shortage of available troops to be sent to the âdifficult areasâ of the world (Kiev is the next UN site). 4, As expected the right horrible TCH MP WILL amalgamate 5 Scots regiments into one, how can HE prefix the final result with a âRoyalâ to become the âRoyal Regiment of Scotlandâ. I am sure this honour âmustâ be bestowed by HRH. Can we as a recognised organisation (army) request that HRH refuse to bestow this honour? 5, If you are somewhat cynical and/or stray towards the conspiracy theorist angle then please consider the following idea that came to me over a newspaper and beer. The government, since 1997 has made no secret that they [the labour party] would like to remove HRH from the throne and become that we become a republic. To take the next logical step forward towards a totalitarian state (at the bLiar/ queens speech), the only thing between a democracy and a dictatorship is the armed forces. So to reduce this potential threat all you need to do is remove the armed forces by attrition and not giving the people a recourse to the global tradition of defence and via armed response. 6, Cynical Me. Old, embittered seriously, seriously Pâssed off with the tabloid (Scum/Sport/Mirror) readers and bleeding hearts who run this fcuking country.