Just had a new subbie turn up and 'it' has retained its' soldier number they were given at the start of Sandhurst. Apparantly 6 digit numbers are a thing of the past. Cutbacks/JPA-ism who knows. What i do know is that we shouldn't be so readily casting off all those things that differentiate soldiers from officers. We should all write to Des Brown - oh no point he is too busy running the Scottish office as well as being the SoS for Defence. Rant off.