From COS HQ Land Message of the Day 15 Mar 05 "You may well be alarmed to note that our Non-Fit for Employment rate currently stands at 14.5%, equating to 9000 soldiers or, when viewed another way, equal to some 14 infantry battalions. This is a startling figure which represents a significant erosion of our operational effectiveness and places even greater pressure on those who are fit for employment; it is clear that this trend cannot be allowed to continue." Perhaps it's just me but if we hadn't allowed physical fitness to slowly slide from prominence and importance of the past decade then we wouldn't be in this situation. Many of the cases are linked to illness and injury but even the cahnces of these occurring are reduced in physically fit personnel. 15 years ago if you weren't fit for deployment/employment either because you had a sick chit or because you were a lard arrse that couldn't scrape yourself round a BFT then you were made to feel like a second class citizen within the Troop/Squadron. This would probably be unacceptable these days (remember we're all equal). Imagine making someone feel left out because they can't do their job and therefore force others to do twice as much work to make up for it. The sooner we get out of this socialist mind set that seems to be pervading all we do and start rewarding those that achieve and/or punishing those that shirk.