I served f0r 6.5+ 1 year in Junior Para years in The Parachute Regiment, over 4 of them spent in Ulster got fed up with it, we didn't have a 'real war' in those days. I left in '75 soon after that the Falklands happened in '82 and I missed it. Now medical retired with Strokes, MS and recently cancer it's been a bit frustrating having an active mind that can't make the body do what I want to do. IMHO Ulster campaign was a waste of time and retaining it as a province is a waste of money. It should be given back to Eire on condition that it is made into a National Park. anyone who wants to relocate to mainland UK should be assisted but must swear fealty to our Monarch The Queen.. Any activity against the UK could be tried as Treason for which the penalty is still The Noose,I believe? As you can see I am opinionated After leaving the forces I completed a Masters in Computer Sciences and worked in the Industry for 30 years. Retiring following the strokes with a Compromise agreement with my employers I was a computer systems analyst. but not a geek!I am surprised that with so many ex-forces Conservative MPs this government is having such an easy passage decimating our forces. It id history that our forces are run down before a major conflict is it not? God help us if there is one.