Observing and participating in some interesting threads leads me to ask this question, is serving and wearing the uniform not enough anymore? Do we now demand that we are treated as official heroes: People must stand aside to let us pass, they must give up their seat on a crowded bus or train and, of course, they must always give us discount and even freebies? We now find that one medal per theatre is not enough we must have âcombatâ medals and echelon medals. Perhaps we should have little T patches sewn on our uniform sleeves, 1 T for every Taliban KIA. It used to be that you came back off tour, grabbed a bit of leave then back to normal duties. You might have the odd nightmare about what went on, perhaps shed the odd tear for the mucker who never made it but all this was done in strictest privacy. Your public face was going down the pub with your mates, getting shitters and making bone remarks about wearing your waistcoat over your jacket etc. They knew what you were going through because they were going through it to. If they saw you down theyâd lift you up, thatâs what soldiering was about then, one for all, all for one. Nowadays we seem to belong to the âdaytime TV' generation who donât believe that emotion exists unless you are tearing out your hair and balling your eyes out in public. You donât get headaches you get migraine. You donât get colds you get âflu and youâre no longer âOK Sir, mustnât grumbleâ, youâre devastated. Iâm not talking about guys who get PTSD but just 'your ordinary Joe' who has been doing it since the Roman Legions. Are we now so shallow that every experience we go through has to be catalogued, noted and public acknowledgement made? Do soldiers still âman up and grow ballsâ?