Lunchtime reading (sad i know!)on the Mil Intranet and came across a article how the RAF Regt, deploying to Afghanistan soon, have been given permission to grow beards for the deployment. Now i know its happened before but maybe for different reasons for what the RAF are saying. They say they will gain the respect of the local populace with beards(?), but as they are going to provide security for Kandahar Airfield, i dont think there will be much need for mixing with the locals! The thing that got my attention was a quote from their Sqn Ldr who said.. "We have our own, organic, Weapons Support Flight providing 81mm mortar indirect fire support. We also have our own organic sniper section able to provide covert surveillance and interdiction of insurgent activity and then we have three Rifle Flights, which have their own direct fire support in the guise of the heavy machine gun, all of which means that we are considerably better equipped and more capable than our army counterparts of similar sized organisation." Are you!!?? Well then, lets get you in your desert pink landrovers and get you lot out to Sangin to provide your much needed fire support and better capability!