Your truly will shortly leave Crown employ. I had previously thought it perfectly normal to just hand in the MoD 90 and attic worth of green crap that I have accumulated and poke off. However, that is no longer the norm. Today's officer goes with a bang, slating some element of our job and gaining a few column inches and an irked comment from CGS (who I can shortly call 'Rick' if I choose). It started with that evil chippy turncoat Eric Joyce who (I am sure) just wanted an easy ticket out of Stalag Upavon. But now even lowly Captains are welcomed by the media as 'Senior Army Officers' and their opinions are apparently valued. Trouble is, I'm not all that unhappy. So my whinge is up for grabs. The most compelling tirade about our lot to appear on this thread will become mine - and I shall incautiously leak it to the gutter press. So, enter the competition. 'I am leaving the Army because....' (In not more than 50 media-friendly words). Some ideas: ...because I want to think, not regurgitate, and the MK package does not do justice to my available grey matter. ...because I watch us become run by budgeteers who listen to consultants and ignore us. ...because I have watched a few COs and don't fancy their lot. Who aspires to Regtl command any more? ...because I see people go on fatuous cuddly ATRA (or whatever it is called this week) courses whilst we could spend the money on ammo to kill those stakeholders we touchingly used to call 'The Enemy.' You see? Not bitter enough - not headline material. So, thoughts please.