The sad truth about being a soldier intodays army is that you are the most highly trained expendable ever! Irrelevant of trade or qualifications, you are expected to die for a measly wage and also if not dead - to live on an ungrateful pension. The argument, that the pension is better then offered by civilian counterparts does not pull as there are few if any who run the risk of death, dismemeberment etc like in the armed forces!!! Well, theres my 2 Ps worth!!!