Was sitting in the garden tonight, with a good supply of cool beer close at hand, and enjoying he last of the sun, when my thoughts turned to the Army - more specifically to reminiscing over days gone by. On balance I concluded that I had enjoyed a moderately successful career, made some great friends, and had many more good times than bad. Experienced the easy life of the 70s' and 80s', particularly BAOR and full manning, with few arduous taskings (NI and FI excepted), the more frenetic pace of the 90s' where life took on a more serious note and taskings increased, and finishing off in the 00s', where life is so much faster, op tours come round with monotous regularity, and there is much less opportunity to relax and enjoy life. If I had my life again I think I wouldn't really change that much - the Army has been very good to me and I wouldn't change my experiences or friends one iota. I do wonder, however, what the current generation of youngsters will think towards the end of their careers. Is theirs going to be one of a frantic pace throughout, or are we ever going to return to the life and pace of the 70s' and 80s'? Who knows?