Having retired from the Inf in '86, I have it on extremely good authority ( the barman at the Dog and Duck) that you guys in today have it easy! ( I am bracing myself for the onslaught) I understand that you can prance around in gym shoes these days, that the CFT standards are down, and county regiments have to take pyjamas into the field to go with their Cocoa ( nothing changed there then). In my day we 'ad it 'ard. CFT's with 58 webbing (still got the scars), SLR's ( mind you, used a grown up's 7.62mm), battle bowlers (useless), and DMS with puttees. Try putting them on in 60 seconds flat after PT! I did just see the introduction of the SA80, hi-leg combat, and of course, most excitingly, the 'super' sock. Brings tears to my eyes thinking about them (should have seen what we had before). (Having said that I miss those days, but in my day it was a job for life if you wanted it ) Now come on you new lot, tell me I'm wrong and that I'm an old git. obviously however I am not interested in the opinions of the other arms because they don't count. I have paused.