I have just seen an article in a Cyprus magazine about the decompression that the Canadians lay on for their troops coming out of Afghanistan. I don't have a link but to summarise: 2,000 Canadian troops are passing through Cyprus for decompression. They stay in a quality hotel in Pahos for 5 days. They are administered for a day, they get assessed and given counselling for 2 days, a report is sent to their medical authorities if appropriate. The rest of the time is free time or on organised activities. Not surprisingly, the decompression is welcomed by both the troops and the chain of command. Troops are leaving happier, better adjusted and with many potential problems identified early. Compare this to the UK system. The last I heard, decompression is less than 24 hours, being bounced from Akrotiri to transit accommodation, to token activities, quick BBQ and back to airport. Covenant - what covenant?