Right I was at home last night playing on far cry 2 and smoking spliffs and was thinking about how we can improve the efficiency of the training and equipment of our armed forces. I began comparing us to the americans and came up with a few conclusions. Firstly, it takes the americans 16 weeks to train a marine. That's half as long as us. Now some people may say "well it's cos the yanks aren't as good as us blah blah blah". But i don't think that's the case. Personally I think too much time is wasted on training that isn't needed. Is there really any need to risk injury, waste time and money on things like assault courses and rope climbings. And it's not just the RM who do training that isn't necesary. The household cavalry waste money on horser riding (not needed in todays wars) the paras waste money on parachuting and P-Coy (not needed). But there really is no need for the commando tests these days either. I think condensing training down to what is required as a fighting infantryman/marine should be all that's done and the focus should be getting men through training as fast and possible, as cheaply as possible and with the least possible chance of injury. There's no reason we can't halve the training time and cut out things like assault courses and tarzan assault courses and just focus on what is required on thye modern battlefield. Not only will this save time and money but will result in less recruits leaving due to lengthy training regimes where the quality of life is terrible and boring and with old, unsafe and outdated training methods scrapped there is less chance of recruits ending up in Hunter company due to falling off a rope or summat. It's time we moved forward. The money saved could be spent on better equipment too. Throw away the SA 80 and the Browning pistol and lets have some AKs, G3s, M16s and Mac 10s on the battlefield so we look bad ass.