Just kicking tyres here, you understand... Given that there cannot be a trade union or other professional association for serving soldiers, airmen, sailors and officers various and given, also, that the RBL is not an organisation which would benefit from being involved in any sort of confrontation with the government of the day - and nor should it, frankly - there seems to be a gap in the market for a body which could lobby on behalf of the serviceman/woman - and address some of the more dimwitted ideas our lords and masters come up with. Ex-members of the armed forces tend to be articulate and, um, forthright and to know people. Provided that the ex-members and the potential organisation make a point of not soliciting classified information - and refusing to accept it when offered - there is considerable potential for bringing issues to the attention of the public - yeah, all right, I mean the media - and attempting to ensure that this information is both accurate and germane. Half the issue we have with the media is when the blunts misunderstand stuff we take for granted, after all.