This thread is a chance for people to ask any questions they like about all things military. As many of you will know, I spent the best part of my life in the British Army (specifically the Parachute Regiment, see my user title), enlisting as a Private soldier and rising through the ranks to hold every rank (except, to my continued regret, Regimental Sergeant-Major) in my regiment up to Captain, and later on became a Major. I fought in more places than I care to remember; the Falklands and Northern Ireland being among them. I understand that this thread might get heated, so here are a few rules: All questions and posts must be civil. I don't want anything along the lines of 'how do you feel about being a murdering <insert insulting word here>', because not only will that get me and the mods annoyed but I think a civil, fairly calm thread will be more useful to people with genuine questions There are certain questions I will not answer. For example, I'm refusing to answer anything like 'did you know my brother/son/father? The other question I will not answer is 'were you in the SAS?', first because I get it far too much at work already and it's a non-question, since everyone will answer no. No Politics. Politics starts arguments, and after a while does my head in. I have to read this thread more than anyone else, so with respect to my sanity please keep away from it. You can ask anything, on the condition it fits in with the above. I'm not much good on non-British armed forces or the Navy/Air Force, but veterans or members of those services are welcome to add their input. I do, however, reserve the right to say I won't answer a question All posts must be either questions or answers. This is not the place to have an argument, so please don't go looking for one. You can ask for clarification if I say anything you don't understand, but don't start debating the politics of a particular war or anything like that. If you want a question answered in confidence, you can PM me. I understand that some people want to ask things that they would be ashamed or embarrassed to talk about in public, so the online equivalent of my office is my PM box. I'm normally pretty good at responding in good time, so feel free to ask anything. From now, ask away!