Last night whilst enjoying a pre-bed beer or 2 with some mates the question was raised: "Why can't we go to Afghanistan and stag on for the troops and either give them a bit extra down-time, or free up some blokes to get on the ground?" Don't get me wrong, I'm just talking about guard duty on camp, not going out on the ground. Let me explain. I'm on the circuit and of the 12 of us, all are ex-services (army of course), with 7 ex-SF and a smattering of other cap badges. We're all under 48 years of age and still in good shape. All of us have worked in Afghan/Iraq whilst serving or since leaving and feel we could still be of use as mentioned above. Anyoo, there's a divide in opinion. Some reckon it would be worth considering, especially for the reason of giving the lads more rest, and some think the troops out there wouldn't be interesting. We're not even talking of asking for silly money. We just feel we could play a part in supporting the troops in our own way. 3 lads say they would go for free. So, at the risk of getting slated what's the honest opinion of fellow Arrsers? And are there others out there who would be interested in going out in the same capacity as us? Standing by. Don't shoot the messenger!