I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I need to rant somewhere. I wasn't having a great start to the day with some pen pusher giving me grief over vehicle licensing when I get a call from the unit admin office. I'm just around the corner and so I pop in. "Ah, Cuchulain, Sir" says the nice fellow in the office, "just had an e-mail from Glasgow who want to confirm your nationality". "British" says I slightly bewildered that the Army needs to ask this question after over a quarter of a century of service to the Crown. "Yes" says the kind admin chap, handing me a copy of the missive from bonnie Scotland "but British what?". So apparently I have to chose English, Irish, Scots, Welsh, Manx or whatever. But I am none of those. I am of mixed British parentage. "Where were you born Sir?" says the admin chappy trying to be helpful. But my father was a serviceman and I was born where he was posted at the time so that can hardly be a decider (wasn't it Wellington who said something along the lines of "If I were born in a barn would that make me a horse?"). Why can't I be just plain British in the British Army? I was asked for my 'nationality' and as far as I know my nationality is British and there is none other option for a British person. It does not say English, Irish Scottish etc on the passports so why this desperate need to pigeon hole me? Yes, I know it probably stems from fiercly proud Scots and Welsh insisting on adding that to their nationality or to cater for more recent immigramts but..............it is divisive, insulting and stupid. So why can't I be 'British' in the British Army, it should be the default setting, not something I need to fight for? Rant over - I feel very slightly better.