I will try and protect opsec / persec as much as possible with this one, I just wanted to get some opinions. I'm a civillian police constable, having left the army in 2002. I was in the block when a PIC was brought in for Robbery, and a nasty one at that. He was one of four offenders, but the circumstances of his arrest were pretty unique. It turned out this guy, who had mega attitude, was also AWOL. I checked his form and he his CRO went back eight years. I'm not talking minor stuff, he had convictions for robberies and TFMV which had resulted in time at both YOI and HMP. There were many intel logs detailing criminal associations and also suspicions that he was involved in bigger stuff. All in all he was an established shit. His encounters / s.a.s records showed that he hung around with those of the same ilk and he was frequently brought to the attention of officers , often displaying enough attitude and lip to be brought in under POA. He had been in for just over a year and awol for about a month. My query is have standards slipped that much that: a) a person like this can pass an intervew to join HM forces b) a person with such an extensive criminal past can join HM forces c) is the vetting so relaxed that this clown could blag his way in I didnt get a chance to chat with the RMP who turned up to take him away. But if this is the calibre of soldier joining nowadays, I imagine he would be too busy to hang around and talk.