I wonder whether or not having a young prince as a serving officer will be an asset to the Army or will he cause more problems than will make it a worthwhile venture? I can see the benefits to the Bn involved, but I doubt he will choose an organisation that needs such patronage to survive any forthcoming cuts in the Inf. A number of issues concern me: Firstly he will pass any cse that he chooses to attend - it would be a kamikaze DS that failed him! That will have an adverse effect on him and his contempories. Secondly, will he really deploy on ops - can you imagine Clarence house allowing him to be anywhere near an objective if there is an element of risk that he might be killed/maimed as a result. Can you really see him in the cuds around S Armagh? Thirdly, will he really be an integral part of a rifle coy/pl or will his status mean that he is mollycoddled by a CO/OC/CSM whose very existence in the Army will probably depend on the success of young Harry's foray into military life. Can you really see him doing extra BOO duties on a sat evening? Unlikely I think. Finally, what happens when he drops another clanger and the press get hold of it (and I'll wager it'll happen). Who will swing? CO,OC,2iC,RSM; the whole lot will cop some flak I suspect! These issues are not a reflection of him as an individual - I don't know anything about the bloke and he may or may not be a suitable candidate for RMAS - I could not comment. The questions reflect his position as third in line to the throne. Do the benefits outway the potential problems? I have yet to be convinced.