Just got off the phone to a mate who is back from a sandy & hilly place on R&R. Asked him what sort of hire car he got given to be told that they weren't giving them out to his unit (despite all previous units getting them). Instead his unit offered rail warrants or unit transport. This strikes me as taking the piss. The last thing you want after 3 months in the dust and heat and a long trooping flight (for once, the RAF has my admiration as they got in 45 mins early!) is to have to get a train home... He was lucky as his folks were able to pick him up. Isn't the Army supposed to get you back home by the most direct and efficient means on R&R? I've always had a hire car in the past.