No suprise that recruitment is going badly - but surely the answer isn't these toss "Infantry - forward as one" adverts that probably cost Â£20m. I was watching Sharpes on TV the other night - and I've come round to thinking that perhaps the old methods weren't so bad. Instead of spending big money on ads, promotional dvds and army careers offices - send a few stripeys up and down the streets with a drummer and a wad of cash. Anyone that wants the Queen's shilling can fall in behind him and after a bit of marching, it's onto the back of a four-tonner and down to Catterick. I'm sure you'd get a few recruits per day - and it's a lot easier than multi-media marketing campaigns. Failing that, bring back press gangs. Out drinking one night - wham - wake up on a destroyer.