At a recent parade we had a particulary highly-ranked Officer join us. On inspecting the troops, he asked one of the Riflemen how long he'd been in. "10 years, Sir" "10 years and still a Rifleman? That doesn't show much commitment..." A little background might have helped Sir... Couple of years ago the Rifleman in question was sent to Crown Court on a murder trial. That in itself would have been grounds for many people to hand their kit in. On being found not guilty, he deployed on one of the early TELICs. During that tour, he was in a vehicle travelling behind a Landrover which ran over a landmine; the explosion bent the chassis of the vehicle which was now burning; drivers foot was shredded, and as the chassis was bent the doors would not open. The assumption was that an ambush was about to be sprung and there would be further mines. Despite this, the Rifleman left his vehicle and basically ripped the door off its hinges ( he is quite big .. ) rescuing the pax. He still parades whenever he can ( working weekends interferes ) and I for one would like more people with this lack of commitment. He made no mention of this to Sir.