Not a sport I know much about, but I just watched a BBC report from Sweden which stated the British team are facing a funding crisis and an uncertain future. The report went on to state that all bar one of the British Biathlon Team are from the military. There was then a couple of interviews in which athletes seemed to have mixed feelings, faced with the fact that they would "have to return to their full time military jobs". One person stated they would be gutted if they had to become a full time clerk again, another stated that after 17 years in the team, if needs be, he would have to return to his "day job". Maybe it came across wrong, but the impression I got was that the biathlon team was a full time, long term "posting" rather than a seasonal event with individuals loaned from their respective units, as with most other sports. It's appreciated athletes join the armed forces to further their sporting activities, but my question is: "Do we actually employ full time athletes in the Armed Forces?" If so, how many I wonder.