The furore over the neglect of the Armed Forces by TCH, the current part-time SoS and the brooding Chancellor/PM is long overdue and coming to a head. Latest BBC article here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7108650.stm This is what Browne said: The observant will, of course, note that it is unlikely for this issue to be raised by a serving soldier. Without wanting to deviate from the point, I recall a junior rank getting various stand-up b0llockings after raising a minor gripe with a 2-star during an inspection. Browne appears to suggest that such issues can be raised with him by serving soldiers, and the absence of the raising of such issues is proof of their non-existence. Is it time to test this? Personnel are barred from unauthorised media contact and allegedly barred from discussing defence matters without permission (although the DCI doesn't appear to be fit for use as toilet paper even in field conditions). However, what if a brief letter to SoS was drafted that stated the undersigned serving personnel believed that the Military Covenant was not being honoured and there was little confidence in operational funding (or words to those effect)? The letter would be widely circulated and photocopied, to be sent either direct to SoS or to a clearing house where a note of the number of signatures could be kept (as MoD would deny it ever happening). It would be a career risk to sign it obviously...with one caveat. If enough people signed it then administrative action or disciplinary action would be impossible. To put this in perspective, the voluntary outflow rate is roughly 3.4% for officers and 5.4% for other ranks (TSP 5). If everyone on PVR signed the letter then that would be nearly 10,000 signatures. Other personnel signing the letter would be safe by the fact of the sheer weight of numbers. How do you b0llock 10,000 people? As to whether this was a breach of QRs, this would need detailed analysis but I do not think that the act of writing to the SoS is likely to be either mutiny or insubordination. Naturally, the public impact of such a letter-writing campaign would be the primary force. It could be augmented by a similar campaign for dependants and ex-serving. Is it time to stand up and be counted? There is a key window to exert maximum pressure. As much as I dislike this government, my overriding concern would be for the adequate funding of the Armed Forces rather than seeing an unpopular and incompeteng government attacked, but the two are inexorably intertwined. Edited to add...I am ex-serving, not current serving so it is easy for me to suggest this!