The British Army has never had so much press as it has over the last few years.Some of it good and some of it bad.I do have some strong feelings on a multitude of topics concerning the army, but I shall endever to keep most of them to myself.The thing as is a serving soldier I do feel that we (serving soldiers) are being used as pawns by various media and political agencies.I for one am generally happy within the army, ok I banged out a good few tours over the last few years,but hey the job needs to be done and love it or hate it we are the guys to do it.I think there is too much whinging going on ,on our behalf.The people who do the whinging dont have our interests at heart , they have there own agenda. The simple little subjects like getting paid the right amount without having to go to pester RHQ are important to me.Getting treated with a bit of respect on returning home after a 7 month tour would also be nice.You all have to admit our Kit issues for OP tours are 100 times better than they were 4 years ago.We are getting a nice bonus on completetion of these tours as well makes it a sweetener.To be honest I dont care who is in power at No10 as long as I am happy in my job.The equipment issues are getting there.We are only a small country that is grasping on to its World power status so I think we punch well above our weight. Maybe the current situation reference the armed forces lies with the general public.They dont know what its like to be in the army /armed forces , they just think that paras and marines are premiership standard and the rest of us come along to collect brass.Its not there fault its these same agencies I was on about earlier. How do we get the message across to our general public ? I for one dont trust ''the forces favorite''.BBC only report deaths or negative press.Its great polititons and old generals saying there bit after ''the horse has bolted'' My input is.Dont worry about it, draw your pay, have a good time, if you dont like the tours sign off, you dont like your job transfer,make the very most of it.You can bet civvie street doesnt give a stuff about you ,so why worry about them.Stick with your mates and just get on with it.We cannot change or control whats going on outside the army. We are the British Army the very best in the world , we know we are.What we lack in kit we more than make up for in balls, attitude and training.The old boys used to fight in ammo boots.So chins up.Dont get drawn into these current subjects stirred up by punters who have no clue whats so ever. Rant over !