My Missus at work: "We're sending you on a course next week for some continuation training. If you're taking your own car, fill this form out and keep the receipts for expenses. You'll get Â£12 a day for food and the hotel is already booked. Have a good course!" Me at work: "YOUR COURSE STARTED YESTERDAY!! GET THERE, NOW!! NO! THERE'S NO MT AVAILABLE! JUST DRIVE YOURSELF!" *Drives there, arrives* "Who are you? Course? No. Accomodation? You're not booked in, have nothing to give you. Drive to the other barracks thirty minutes away and we'll put you up there. Fuel expenses for driving back and forth? No. Don't think so." A simple example, but one we've all experienced. Why do we get shafted continually over things like this, when a civilian wouldn't? I know, this is the Army, deal with it. How about, No? The Army, I feel, is split into two halves. The operational / pre-deployment training half, ie the Soldiering half, and the cosy, soft, courses, training development, career advancement. ie the Civviy side. Now I agree, on the Soldiering half, deal with it and overcome, but on the Civviy half, ie courses, why is no-one held to blame when you get screwed over? Why do you have to fix other peoples mistakes? Why is it always; "It's the CMO's fault. Oh well." Why is no-one ever dragged over the coals for screwing us over? Even with JPA: "It's a fault with the system. It can't be fixed." Yes it can, and in that office, somewhere, is someone directly responsible for it. How about showing me some respect and fixing my problems you have created? If companies a hundred times bigger than the British Army, withthousands more staff, can manage it, why can't we? People need to start sticking up for themselves. The Army is changing, it wants to change, and as such, we need to be given more damn respect for our rights as people, not soldiers. Rant over.