I've been enjoying this site for some time, and have now reached the point where I need to clear up a few things, mainly to establish whether or not I have turned into a pompous old fart or not. These things bother me about the ACF detachment at which I am an Adult Instructor and I want to know if this is institutional or not. I am considering changing Counties. 1) Smoking, in front of cadets, and allowing cadets to smoke. Why does it seem to me that being a chain smoker is a requirement of being an AI? 2) Socialising with cadets. Not in the dodgy List 99 kind of way, but having a drink with those that are over 18. They're still cadets, and should not be drinking in uniform, or be out with AIs socially (evenings and weekends.) And I don't mean just young ex-cadet AIs, but nearly 40 year old ex-reg types too. 3) Doing feck all instruction, and leaving it to cadet NCOs who are not very good at it. Whilst I look forward to the usual banter in response to this, I would also welcome some (at least a bit) of constructive comment.