Having just visited the first PAYD 'Restaurant' in my region, I was surprised to see all ranks from Pte soldiers to Officers and even civvies dining together. The food and service far out weigh that offered in the local SNCOs Mess. The biggest surprise was that all ranks eating together did not cause the sky to fall in as numerous RSMs have predicted over the years. It all seemed very civilised. Is this the beginning of the end of paying Â£50 a month for the privilege of eating in the Sgts Mess and visiting on occasion to socialise. Am I the only one to want to start some new traditions? We aren't separated in MSQs and now we eat together, so why are we forced to join a Mess. Is it time for the choice? I for one would gladly join a unit Mess, but have never been happy in a Station Mess paying for 1 Blanks Mess silver and Drums whilst listening to how we should get behind their boxing/football team. I await your comments!!