Looking for some other opinions here, possible advice from the older and bolder here. My squadron went on easter leave the tuesday before last. Right before knocking off, our SSM gave us the usual speech that 'if you leave your rooms in sh*t-state, I'll have ya!' and told us he'd be walking around in the evening. Being a homeless foreign barsteward (commonwealth) and as such, a perma-block rat, I didn't think much of it, as I'd be there when he walked around. Got back to my room, tidied up a bit (it's never in shiite state but you know how it gets when you're living there, washing bag by the door, clothes on the settee, mugs and plates rinsed out but still sitting in the sink etc etc). No-one came round that evening anyways, so I thought nothing of it. Later on that week, thurs in fact, I traveled into london in the morning. When I returned, I saw one of the other block-rats and he said the sqn orderly Cpl had been around with someone from the SQMS's checking the rooms and had picked up a bunch of blokes for having rooms in poo-state. I worried briefly that mine might have done (not permanently living in an inspection-standard state of course), and briefly thought about looking up the ord cpl and explaining that if he did pick up my room, it was only because I was living in there over leave, and didn't know he was coming round thurs, but figured he'd realise it was me (ie big canadian flag in the window, my name on the door) and figure I was living there. I return from leave, to be informed by the SSgt acting as SSM in his absence, that I, and the other 3 blokes in my room, were being AGAI'ed for 'your room being in shiit-state over leave'. I immediately explained the above to him, re-iterating the fact that I was living there over the entire leave period, and was simply out at the time when the ord cpl walked around. He said there was nothing I could do apart from not accepting the AGAI and asking for a review and waiting to see the SSM next week. So that is what I did. Now, the AGAI punishment as laid out by the SSM was only 1 show parade and a period of regt'l works (on the weekend), so I'm happy to take it on the chin, and I realise that all in all it's not a big deal. The only problem I have is that at 25 yrs old, with 4 yrs service behind me, someone can walk in my room at anytime and put me on a show parade for not living like I was in training still. Like I said before, yeah my room wasn't neat and tidy, but it's not like there were piles of beer cans, bags of rubbish festering in the corner, and old pizza boxes and dirty socks strewn about the place. There were dirty dishes in the sink in the kitchen, not washed but at least briefly rinsed, some clothes on my settee, and perhaps some papers (old bills, envelopes etc) in the bin. Oh, and ashtray full (but not overflowing). Anyways, this isn't a 'the army is shite, I wanna sign off' rant, I just want to get some other opinions/outside views on this matter. I'm debating whether to just reverse the 'appeal' bit I signed on the AGAI 67 form, taking the punishment, and speaking with the SSM on monday regarding the other lads AGAI 67's. but really, it's just a matter of principle. I've never been in sh*t for being a 'grotbag' before, never had anything picked up on the tri monthly room inspections, and really get riled up by this at times because at the end of the day, being a commonwealther, this little bedspace is in fact my home, and there should be some latitude to live how I like. .........or maybe I should just find a fat girl, marry her, and live on the patch. what do you lot think?