I recently attended a wedding of a comrade. When we got on the bus (provided by the groom) my mate (a serving major) said "There can't be many on here worth less than £50k pa. It was true, save for those still serving, we had a chief EHO of a large(ish) SE local authourity, a newly appointed CEHO for a New Zealand council' several consultants and an inspector of american homes. All of these individuals started as Pte soldiers who would have had few prospects as civvies. The groom was a perfect example who joined as a junior tradesman from a Nottingham Council estate with no qualifications and is now both the owner of a sucessful company and even a member of the Institute of Directors, So my fellow arrsers We have had several threads on why we should nor encourage the young to join (broken covenant etc. Don't get me wrong it's truelly shattered) but what benefits do you believe accrue from your military service?