I've just being playing army of two on xbox360 and it got me wondering. Rather than have an armed forces that's run by the state/monarchy, why not just have a a privateized military that's run by various firms and companies and when we go to war we just hire these companies to sort it out for us. This way a soldier could choose what company he'd work for and make his choices based upon what that company offers. I for, for example, would not work for a company that advocated the use of a piece of shit like the SA80 in a warzone and so could choose a firm that provided a decent weapon for it's staff/soldiers. I think with free enterpise in the forces and turning the military into a business our armed forces would be better funded, better equipped and our soldiers better paid as they wouldn't be relying on goverment money but rather large mercenary companies that compete for business with one another.