According to the Nursing Standard (sorry no link) The QARANC is 22% under the 1080 it should have i.e. 240 down despite the golden hello of Â£8000. The knock on effect of this is the 2 yr comfort zone between deployments has gone out the window with some specialists getting as little as 2 months between deployments. Baroness Strange requested the information & raised concerns "One must ask why there is so much overstretch, the answer is simple there are to many holes to fill & to few to plug them." The RCN defence nursing forum chair (an ex Mental Health nurse Alan F*******) stated & I quote "many nurses in the armed forces request to go back to front line more frequently because that is what they joined up for". Maybe he should ask the 240 odd nurse that have left in the last 18 months why - This ex nurse will tell him I am feed up of back to back tours along with numpties in their ivory towers who have lost touch with the real world. I never heard one person say Iâm glad Iâm in Shaibah, I joined up for this, please send me back 2 months later after Iâve spent the last 6 months in this sh*t hole. He should also ask what are the best recruiters, & the answer would be happy personnel, we seam to be lacking them at the moment!!