Reading around on ARRSE a lot, there seems to be a relatively low viewpoint on THEM these days and I'm just wondering whether this is jealousy (guys who've failed selection) or whether there's valid reason to it. On top of this, there's those leaked comments by the yanks which say that American SF regard the Aussies & Kiwis as the best and the Brits as unprofessional, lazy forces. Considering OPSEC is still high, probably at an all-time high, who's making these 'observations' and dishing them out? I've seen a lot about how SF typically haven't been able to do their usual job in Afghanistan because they need to work in teams of 8 or more, a lot of ops that would have been SF-level 10 years ago are now Para/Bootie work, and that 'no front line' means infantry recce platoons are seeing the same stuff as SF recce ops, but the same question stands - with OPSEC so high, why are other soldiers saying this and why are the yanks discussing how UKSF has gone down the drain? Not a journo, just a pretty-pissed-off Brit who has always believed that the UK sat on the best SF in the world and wonders why they're now regarded as 'not as good as...(insert US or Oceanic SF here)'.