I appreciate that much of this may be viewed with scepticism, and the old attitude of 'You signed up, so suck the egg.' I for one do not denounce this. I am perfectly willing to do exactly as I'm told (and recent (should read CURRENT!) circumstances should vouch for the fact that I do get along with minimal grumbling) but when researching upcoming postings I've accidentally come across a large number of posts that have raised my eyebrows, in particular concerning the standards expected of young soldiers. So, to reiterate the title, where do we stand? I suppose the issue I contend is the 'double standards' expected of young soldiers. I don't know if that is the correct term for what I'm describing, but it does describe the correct theme. Essentially, the huge responsibility (especially in today's climate) placed on the shoulders on very junior personnel, versus the lack of faith placed in them. I live in a very basic SLAM unit. It is comfortable, and was built before I arrived here. One of the issues arising from this accommodation is that it has one door in, and that very same door is the one exit out. This is a three storey building. Should any incident arise below the third floor then the occupants have one means of escape. That is via a window, to a concreted carpark. The occupants of this block have placed their faith in the CoC to provide them with safe and suitable accommodation, and this appears to me (admittedly speculatively) to be a fairly, ummm, iffy, safety measure. Bare with me. We today had an SQMS walk-around, which I accept. To a point. There was no warning issued beforehand. I would ALWAYS expect a warning before anybody entered my living quarters (uninvited and unescorted) for an inspection. The walk-around was timed perfectly, as the accommodation was designated for a sub-department which was guaranteed to be elsewhere at the time, except I happen to be on relocation leave and was in the shower. As it turns out, the reason for the timing was that the SQMS was hoping to 'catch out' people for certain offences, described below. The fact that my 40kg English Bull Terrier (whose presence WAS noted on the door) was in residence did not deter him. Archie did sound the warning for me, but as he's a moron he just tried to lick the SQMS to within an inch of his life. Idiot. (The dog is not really relevant, just a part of this story). The block comprises of 3 floors, each with 8 en-suite rooms. Each floor also has 1 x Drying Room and 1 x Utility Room. The Drying Room is a small cupboard with hangars and works perfectly (if not a little slowly!) for intended use. The Utility Room is a very large room with numerous cupboards, working surfaces, shelves and a stainless steel sink. Inhabitants of the block have recently been told that no cooking apparatus is to be used within these utility rooms. None whatsoever. This encompasses toasters, grills, microwaves, kettles, slow cookers, hot plates etc. A recent inspection meant that all owners of such equipment had to 'dispose of it.' The inspection today was to find any such equipment 'hidden' in rooms of personnel. This has raised the question of whether the SQMS has the right to tell inhabitants what they, and are not, allowed to own. The blokes took their cooking equipment back to their rooms for safe storage (on the understanding that they are not to use it) and have now been told that ownership and storage of such equipment is forbidden. Furthermore, the ground floor houses a 'storage room.' Now, knowing most squaddies to be pikies (let's be honest here!) I would never leave my rig lying around. However, we happen to have a large number of quality triathletes and cyclists in my building. Some of their bikes are worth amounts that make my eyes bleed. Even the 'lesser' models are very expensive. SQMS instructs today that such equipment cannot be held in the storage room, or anywhere else inside the block. I do not claim to be an expert on bikes. However, I would be very loathe (as backed up by the professionals) to leave a piece of kit worth several thousands of pounds, exposed to the elements and padbrats. I have many, many points, but wine befuddles my massive brain. As it happens, a George Forman Grill (as a heating device without element exposure) comes under the same guidelines as an iron. I would be interested to see the response should soldiers start appearing on parade having not ironed their kit, as irons were banned from SLA.