I was watching Hornblower on ITV last night, and thought came to me... I'm curious... ...what happens if you as a young recruit, be it officer or rating; RN, RM, or RFA, become disliked or unpopular, or for some reason don't get on with senior ranks? I can imagine, if your CO became mentally ill or a bit unstable, it would be picked up on by other senior ranks and discreetly reported and dealt with; but what if your boss is basically a bit thick or obnoxious, or just has it in for you? How do you deal with that these days? Is it classed as bullying? Do they have ways and means for lower ranks to raise these issues, or is it some kind of taboo? Is there any way of sorting things out these days?