Whilst thinking of the future fate of the infantry a few thoughts dawned on me... 1) In a Times article a while ago I saw a quote from CGS stating that only bluff old retired officers cared about the loss of some regiments. Thats not true, is it? Ask any serving Infantry officer (who hasn't become a weasily yes man) and he'll tell you so. People feel genuinley let down. The reason you don't hear from us is that we'd be in the sh*te if we spoke out. Who will be the first serving Major to speak openly to the press and counter what the top brass say? No-one, thats who. 2) Why are these things always so transparently biased? Why do the Gurkhas, Guards and Paras never have anything to fear? Why, when cuts happen, does it never happen to regiments with decent representation? KORBR last time had D Inf, the GH always have someone to fish them out etc. Now it looks like Line Infantry across the board are up for grabs, but once more the oddities look safe. Do we really need 3 Bns capable of parachuting? Do we boll*cks. And of course the main imperitive isn't to look after the poor bloody Line Infantry, its to ensure that the tourist board have alot of marching about for Americans to look at. Would CGS be happy to wear a Corps of Infantry berret? 3) We are our own worst enemies. Tour intervals shrink, training suffers, we cover strikes, we take blows to the regimental system and we just crack on. 4) They can prod it. "Loosing Bns is a good thing....Money on new kit...FRES..blah, blah, blah" My cap badge really matters to me. On ops in Iraq it really dawned on me just how much being a member of a British Infantry Regiment meant to me. I was attached to the Americans and my main motivation was to ensure that I never once let down my capbadge. If stuff got tasty I genuinley thought of the responsibility to my regiment's honour I had. Why should I give that up so that some shoddy replacement for Saxon can be pipe-dreamed about. It'll come in late, wrong and over budget anyway. At least boots on the ground don't come in late, over budget and under performing. 5) Frankly, if you are representing the Army and want to see the Infantry reduced in size and the regimental system butchered then you are not representing the army. If you have to swallow it, don't pretend you support it. Show some balls. Our soldiers do, regularly.