Being retired from the RN, I am periodically sent a copy of "Broadsheet", a glossy, expensive MOD produced magazine, which keeps me up to date with what is left of the once proud RN, so that I can encourage young people to join up. I am now convinced that the RN is no longer a decent, worthwhile career for anybody who has any pride and dignity. The Service has been run down materially by generations of politicians and spiritually by two or three generations of the most senior officers who have been too involved with their own careers and with making the RN "relevant to the 21st Century". The RN is now a joke. To anyone thinking of joining I would say, "Don't do it. Even the RAF is better!" Maybe there are some middle ranking officers who realise what's wrong and who could turn the Service round when they get to Flag Rank, but that will take some years, and it may be too late.