In another thread, Vegetius once again raises the issue of whether there should be some kind of staff association for military personnel, along the lines, presumably, of the Police Federation. My understanding is that a 'Trade Union' would be illegal, and probably undesirable anyway, but an apolitical staff association might not. Obvious benefits which might come from such a body include: legal and medical insurance and support for soldiers, as an alternative to relying on 'the system'; the ability to commission research into issues which affect soldiers and their families and to present these to the Army Council/MOD etc; errr... other stuff along similar lines. What do we think? What are the benefits and disbenefits?