What appears to have been lost, in the upset over certain expressed points of view, is that those soldiers who represented the Army at the Pride event were poorly turned out and ambled along without any attempt at formation and drill. There were senior NCOs and Officers there who should have taken charge and ensured that those taking part were doing the Army justice and showing pride in their uniform. To me it doesn't matter what event you're taking part in, be it Trooping the Colour, Beating Retreat or representing the Forces at a Pride event. Perhaps it might be better to have a nominated platoon of Guards to represent the Army, this would ensure that their turn out, drill and bearing was immaculate and would truly be representative of the active diversity within the Army because there would be all sorts taking part, not just gay soldiers. The other alternative is that those who wish to take part in such events should apply in advance and go to a training establishment for a few days practice and to make sure their turn-out, bearing and drill are up to standard. Pride events may be about fun and informality but anyone donning Her Majestyâs uniform should wear that uniform with pride and too the standards laid down in regulations. After all, turning up as a shambles might give the false impression that diversity in the Army is associated with a fall in standards. What do you think should be done to improve standards for next yearâs parade?