first the rant: I cant believe poor squaddies have to pay to come home, its bloody disgusting, IF HE WAS WORKING IN TESCOS HE'D BE HOME EVERY NIGHT FOR Â£2.80 AND GETTING PAID ROUGHLY THE SAME!!! but no, he joins the army passes out with flying colours, tells me to "chill" he'll be fine.what does he know? he's bloody seventeen and in august next year he'll be 18 and 3 months and some sod will be bloody trying to kill him, I know!, he's just like thousands of other junior soldiers, well i'm speaking for them all! his home, and please remember he hasn't left home or been abandoned, he works for the army THIS IS HIS HOME, WE ARE HIS FAMILY! IS 250 miles from base ! We, his family are told we are an important part of his life, we are the support network that makes life in the army much easier,and I quote !" support your sons and daughters, there are tough times ahead and they need you!". so why even after applying his railcard discount is he having to pay Â£59 to get home for a weekend? we're not on great wages ourselves, so as well as phone calls and bits of goodies through the post (which often don't arrive) to keep up morale. we find ourselves scratching around between us to get the poor little sod home now and again.what the hell is going on? these boys should be at home, finding their feet as adults,but under watchful eye of parents who are ready to step in when needed. but no, the army says "you have nothing to worry about " parents are given a very false sense of security about the welfare of their sons and daughters by the british army.if he was a little sod and robbed people and stole cars he'd be in open prison with nice single room accomodation,no tv license to pay , state of the art everything ,free tickets home for good behaviour and probably have a few nice holidays thrown in for good measure. IT'S BLOODY DISGUSTING!! now for the polite question, is there any way of saving more money on travel? and i can't book online because his local station doesn't have a pick up service for tickets. and i can't post them on to him cos his post keeps going missing .can anyone on base book his tickets ? thanks for reading? and for pc reasons . obviously I apologise if I have hurt the delicate feelings of any criminally minded young yobs out there!