Hello, I've just joined after a few months of lurking. I have worn a blue suit, fleetingly, and not altogether happily, some years ago, and I've retained an interest in the fate of erstwhile oppos. I tend to post elsewhere- a more technical and possibly spotterish domain (very clubby 'we want eight and we won't wait' type atmos). I think fora like this are becoming an incredibly important and facinating area to see the emerging debate around the armed forces at a time when their role in society, the demands made upon them, and the deal they get fromthe government is increasingly controvercial, and politically sensitive. I think it's a good thing- at last the forces are becoming part of the dialogue about what we want the UK to be, and I hope this will see the lot of the sailor, marine, soldier and airman improve. Some hope eh? Ah well, be gentle won't you.