This from today's Telegraph: The Army is spending more than £30,000 a year on cosmetic nose and breast surgery and "tummy tucks", it emerged yesterday. The cost of providing the free operations has increased 15-fold from £2,521 for 2002/2003 to £38,000 for 2003/2004. The bill is expected to increase further as more servicemen and women ask for the operations. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "We have a duty of care to our servicemen and women which we take very seriously. "There has to be a genuine case that they will benefit medically." The operations are carried out at specialised units by plastic surgeons provided by the MoD. Last year the Army paid for four nose operations, six breast operations and a "tummy tuck" for a serviceman who had lost a large amount of weight. The operations are provided for all ranks. Gen Sir Michael Jackson, who has spent 40 years on the frontline, had plastic surgery last year. Sir Michael, 56, whose craggy eyes and battle-worn features earned him the title "the Prince of Darkness" is now wrinkle-free thanks to surgery. He claimed that he had his hooded eyelids trimmed to improve his sight when he had treatment for a cataract. It is not clear whether the Army paid for his operation.