Morning all. Seasons greetings to everyone especially all the chaps/chapesses on ops. New member of ARRSE so bear with me. My son (RE) is due to deploy on Herrick 15 in October 2011. For those who have completed a tour or are current deployed, I would like to know the following please: 1. Was the training you received pre-deployment good enough to prepare you for what you encountered in Afghan? 2. Regarding your equipment (personal issue/weapon systems/clothing/food/vehicles etc etc) - Was/Is there enough of it and is it 'fit for purpose?' To all of you currntly on ops, stay safe and 'keep your head down'. For those who have completed a tour/tours, I take my hat off to you. You are a credit to yourselves, your family, your regiment, the British army and your country. True heroes.