OK I've heard the general argument of how ending the Arms Plot is going to bring our Infantry Bns such great benefits and I understand how the plan will work for the UK and GE units. But what about our quirky postings. Do the Resident Bns in NI become permanent and if so please don't tell me those units will be well recruited. What about Cyprus? Although a nice location the prospect of guarding two sovereign bases for your whole career is less than appealing and certainly less of an Infantry role more of a local policing role. And what about those Bns in NI and Cyprus who are for all intents and purposes involved on their own local operations or guarding vital British installations. It is unlikely they will leave those vital jobs to rotate through, say an Iraq or Balkans tour. So by the time we drop the Ghurka Bns, the NI Bns and the Cyprus Bns we are left with a much reduced number of Inf Bns available for other ops. Over a period of time I see no improvement to Armd Inf Bns who will see a higher frequency of tours without the relief of knowing that in two years time they will Arms Plot to somewhere else, say Cyprus for two years. Or maybe these quirky postings will be reduced to 6 month tours unaccompanied in which case we have just added a shed full of short tours to an already busy Inf schedule. Further, the diminishing committment to the Emerald Toilet upon which the MOD is hinging some of its reduction decisions looks a little at risk this week with the IRA ending their weapons reduction plans and talking about abandoning the peace process. Can any of you MOD types enlighten me?