All this "broken covenant" stuff has got me thinking. I get paid well, get enough leave, plenty of adventure training and sport and generally enjoy my life. I don't live in the mess (not enough space, SSSA instead which is closer to work and a lot more pleasant) but the standard of accommodation is very agreeable. I've done two tours in the last 2 years and found the welfare packages to be well thought out and implemented where the situations allowed. No civilians I have met hate me - although some disagree with government foreign policy and wish to talk to me about that. JPA is an abortion and should get replaced and I think that more should be done to support injured soldiers. I'm getting out in under 2 years, purely because the choice of jobs from here on in offers no excitement or fulfillment. I don't feel valued by the Army, but I don't know anybody who does feel valued by their civilian employer. The Army is not close to breaking point and I believe that the constant public howls of outrage whenever accommodation, pay and welfare are mentioned are counterproductive to the ethos of the Army and our standing within society. Comment please. No abuse or ranting - this is the Officers' Mess after all. P.S. To any arrse grammar and spelling bores - rearrange the following phrase. balls suck my.