I know that many here have made constant refernance to the fact that, in the whole, soldiers like to gripe, whinge, and complain about everything and anything, and for some time this has puzzled me as to exactly why. Last night, out of the blue it struck me why (IMHO Anyway). It's because we are, on the whole, perfectionists. Every facet of military life, starting from training, is geared to getting it right first time, every time and when things aren't right (often due to events out of our control, such as the weather) we complain about how problems should and could be corrected. Everyone has there opionion on how things should be run, conducted, operated and sorted out. I applied this new thought to arguments and ripes I have had in the past and found that all came down to people having different views on how problems would be solved if 'they' ran things. Can anyone else here think of other reasons why soldiers complain so much, excluding the answers 'Because we can' and 'It passes the time'?