Can somebody out there help me on this one...please. Here I am sitting in my truck on Ex Loyal Ledger...on Salisbury plain. I have tried to demand some metal for my lathe to make the VM's a bush removal tool. I am told I cant demand it because it wont be here in time, and the demand will get Foxtrot Oscar'd if I put it in on anything more than a 13....which is no good because we are put of here on the 4th/5th /6th anyway. Three months ago I tried to demand some the metal for the lathe. A broad cross section of steel and brass bar, based on 16years experience on the lathe and having made umpteen widgets for the VMs on my lathe...you know, I thought I would plan ahead. The ASM refused to sign the demands saying I could only demand metal for the lathe if I had a job for it. And now we are in the situation where i cant make anything on the lathe because I cant get the metal. So here I am on Salisbury Plain with a fitter section replacing major assemblies because I cant make the widgets for them, because I cannot get the metal. Is this the new thing in REME.........? Dont rely on an experienced tradesmans capabilities and allow him to use his experience to make decisions...and increase equipment availability for the Army. Looks like it . Am I to much "old School" ? Someone suggested go and visit another unit near here and see if they have it ? Fantastic idea.....but the demands system should allow us to demand the kit ...and metal we need to keep the equipment of the Army in good shape. But I have not been allowed to demand it in the first place...I feel like a goldfish in a bowl. Why cant I get metal for my lathe ?