What bollocks. When you sign up you agree that you give up certain rights and priviledges. Running away from problems never helps and if he's run off because of an OP tour then he should be put in front of a Court Marshal for desertion. Cunt.
It's the fact that he has been legging it for 4 & 1/2 years that has led to the total lack of sympathy! Coupled with triple thread posting and the inablity to take advice given - eg Give Yourself Up Now . . .
Don't get me wrong, if it's desertion, then i'm all for the firing squad. In addition, the inability to listen to advice given also makes him a cnut.
But blokes do runners for all manner of reasons. He might have had a cnut OC who wouldn't stump up a long weekend to let him go see his terminally ill sprog (sure it wouldn't happen, but you never know). What i'm saying is that without knowing the facts, telling him to go top himself is a bit strong.