The year is 2007! Within a few miles of where I live, a very decent chap also lives. He is a Second Class Warrant Officer, and was, so I am led to believe, tipped for the top of his particular tree. In short, an all round good egg! He, however, like so many of us, has a small weakness, namely the inability to keep his knob in his trousers! Not so long ago, a three year long 'indiscretion' with another chap's wife came to light, and the solids hit the air-conditioning, not only at home (or indeed, at two homes), but in the village, and at work. At about the same time another fellow who lives and works close by, and has a high profile position that overlaps very heavily with the civilian community, but who happens to be a Major, was also caught hanging out of the back end of another man's wife! They are both Gunners. Guess what? The Warrant Officer has been interviewed without coffee, severly reprimanded and taken off the board for promotion to WO1 and has now been put out to pasture for his 'last two' and is treated as an outcast. On the other hand - and why aren't I at all surprised: the gallant Major rides on regardless. Nothing has been said or done to him formally, any mention of his behaviour is immediatley silenced, and he carries on as before, in the same position as if nothing had happened and it was all someone elses fault. I'm not condoning, or otherwise, adultery. It takes two to tango, consenting adults, etc etc, but how oh how can in this day and age can the army get away with such double standards?