According to my careers officer, all 3 services are not as undermanned as is being made out. He says the official figure from the MOD points to a "rosy" future for manning levels. Call me an old cynic but I'm sure the MOD is fudging the figures, esp when I have friends in all 3 services who tell me across the board the figure is something between 10K and 15K undermanned. Anyone shed any light on this? Are the forces not (gasp!) a shiny looking career for todays youngsters? Are all the old hands leaving with the speed of a thousand very fast things? S.A.M.