Its funny but whenever we get a visit from anyone who matters (or thinks they do) - the word is put out that "soldiers morale is high" or that "although in difficult circumstances their morale remains high" Indeed in many cases soldiers and officers will say things like " Its OK - been here 3 months back home in 4/7 (or whatevewr) - it's OK" and that appears to show that their morale is high. Soldiers do enjoy being on Ops - its' why we join - but whether a few throwaway lines indicate whther "morale is high" I am not convinced. Its when the cameras and senior knobs go away that the real stories come out and real feelings about how they feel they are being used / abused to achieve someones elses political ambitions surface. So what is morale? - It is defined as the degree of hope or confidence in a person, but totally misued and misrepresented by many to indicate happiness and contentment with a particular role. Should visits therefore not be so focussed on morale, but rather on the bigger issues or should we find a better measure of happiness than simply hope itself?