I was at a talk last night by a RAMC Major (TA + NHS Anethnatist) who was not long back from Bastion. He give an interesting talk about day to day life out there for the medics etc but something he said disturbed me a little. He said that currently the British Army "unfortunately" have around 5000 troops on the books who are registered as disabled and that because of this the Army could not recruit "fit and healthy replacements" for the front line due to strict maximum numbers. Now, I know there are a few amputees back in uniform and working in Bastion and even more back in the UK in admin/training roles, plus quite a few with hearing difficulties, but does it truely matter? Does it stop fresh troops on the ground from being recruited? I am sure the Majors phrase was not meant to be insulting to those who have been injured and are "back at work" and I have every respect for the work he and his fellow doctors and nurses did/will be doing out there. It just seemed a very strange thing to say?