After serving for several years in the Int Corps and having witnessed the Dark Side, the Dim Side (after all it's only moderately less dark), training at Ashford, Loughborough and Chicksands, postings on the mainland, over the water, detachments to the usual foreign climates it amazes me, reading through this forum how "brilliant" everyone genuiniely believes the Corps and it's members are. I'm out now, enjoying the CivDiv approach to life, but when I venture on to Arrse, the forum that abhors me the most is this one. Now, don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong in Corps pride, or I believe the phrase of the Brig was quite often Esprit de Corps, but I do think some of the egos need to be wound in a little. Let's start by having a look at what actually the corps does, it won't take long, a few words should suffice ..... it supports the fighting units (teeth arms). There has always been the debate of whether the corps is or isn't a fighting unit but when we take a common sense test we must realise that fighting never was our game - christ, nearly every corps member comes close to failing his apwt, and that's the few that even bother to take one! My point is quite simple, and I know the egos in here are going to have a field day by venting their spleins on this post - feel free, it only proves my point more - but the average Int Corps soldier has maybe one or two more brain cells than other Corps' such as REME, RE, Signals and RLC EOD aren't particularly dim but too many of it's members think entirely too much of themselves. You are a small cog in a massive clockwork operation. Your job is not more important than anyone elses - checking fence heights, collating int, talking to senior officers, writing reports no-one reads, listening to dits and das, or reading print outs of the dits and das the Siggies listened to, all of these are simple tasks. Please, as a Corps, get some polyfilla and fill in the chips on your shoulders, return the invisible carpets from under your arms, wear your issued uniforms, rather than the Para Smock from Silvermans and don't be so scathing of the chap who joined at 16 with 2 GCSEs - he'll grow up one day and will be firing the weapons at the targets you tell him to fire at!