Should the Armed Forces be so involved in DLO/DPA? A vast number of officers and soldiers (and airmen and sailors) are now working in DLO/DPA â many in posts which a civil servant could be correctly employed. I appreciate that there are areas of the DLO/DPA that are suitable for employing members of the Armed Forces â these would include: 1. Specialist areas such as explosive storage and handling. 2. Areas where Armed Forces experience/knowledge is essential (eg IPTs examining new equipments, some planning areas). 3. Interface between DLO and FLCs (eg DSDA ops). That still leaves a lot of people in green (and light/dark blue) kit doing jobs that a civil servant could do. I know that serving in an agency does allow individuals to have a break from field service and let bodies recover, marriages to have both members present etc. However, the Field Army is always short of blokes for this and that, be they gaps in unitsâ regular establishments or in WFE for units going on ops. Most of these gaps are at the ranks employed in DLO/DPA. Is it time that somebody bit the bullet and pointed out that DLO/DPA may be a wee bit overstaffed and that some/many of the Forcesâ individuals should be released back to the Army/RN/RAF?