Some interesting statistics recently published on the rate of offending for ex members of the armed forces. I have reproduced some of it below and also included a link. It is NAPO's bad spelling, not mine. I should also probably declare a selfish interest here, as I'm thinking of covering this topic for dissertation http://www.napo.org.uk/about/veteransincjs.cfm (refers to several reports) "The current and previous briefings produced by Napo suggest there are at least as 20,000 former Services personnel, either in jail, on parole or on community supervision. This is twice as many as on active service in Afghanistan. Indeed the numbers in the entire criminal justice system exceed all soldiers on active service by some 6,000. The most common offence is violence occurring in a domestic setting. Most are either drug or alcohol related. Most of those convicted report problems of adjusting to civilian life and the lack of available support. Many report negatively of the effect of the culture of heavy drinking in the armed forces. Napo believes that the situation is unacceptable, that active steps need to be taken to offer both support on discharge from the forces and referral to relevant agencies if individuals do entre the criminal justice system. The case studies show the extreme difficulties that some veterans experience in making the transition from active service to employment in the community. Support packages would not only be in the public interest but would safe the taxpayer significant sums of money in the medium and long term." The report also makes much reference to PTSD. I suppose we could view this as the usual villains seen in every unit, coming up with various excuses in order to reduce their sentence and conning the bleeding heart liberals in the process. However, ex members of the Armed Forces are so over-represented in the judicial system that it is not something I feel can be excused or ignored. Anyone care to comment?