Has anyone on the site any good or bad experiences of visiting other messes? Mine are all good, but the one that sticks out is when, after leaving the Army I had the pleasure of spending a day in the mess at Sandhurst. I had been at the Sovereigns parade as a friend of mine had just been commissioned, and between the parade and the ball I had a good few hours to spend, so without knowing anyone I ventured down to the mess. I approached the door of the bar and asked the first person I saw if he could direct me to the senior mess member present as I wished to ask him if I could use his mess facilities for a few hours. To be honest, having only been a very junior Sergeant I was a bit scared when I was directed to the Acadamy Sergeant Major, but I could not have wished for better treatment. The ASM and his members, most of whom were Wo2 rank and above were the best advertisement for the mess I have ever encountered. They hosted me all day, and didnt let me buy a round. I was very impressed indeed with everyone there I met, and I only hope that during my service my mess hosted guests as well as they did. To anyone on the site who was a member of that mess in December 2001, thankyou and well done. PS What does the Army do with the new Officers after they leave Sandhurst, because the majority of the ones I met were polite, respectful and seemed very capable, if a little young and naive, they must get brainwashed later!