Under stength regimental units which has served Britain well in two world wars are now lacking cohesiveness against todays irregular forces. We can see the effects with the contradictions in statement from senior RAF personel as to whether the UK has enough rotary wing aircraft (now public domain recent tv and press release). The concept of patrol cordon and search in Helmund owes more to Northern Ireland than the needs of the grander terain of Afganistan. Statements as to whether the British soldier is fit enough for theatre (now public domain. tv and press) brings other issues to the fore. Know your enemy. The case in question Afganistan where you might be against a 6ft4inch Boluchi wearing loose fitting clothing Honshu tread tyre sandles rock hopping with 200rnds 7.6 long ball plus a drogunuv and a fag of local tobbaco out of the side of his mouth and the total belief that God is with him and if the truth were known I tend to agree with the concept of an early introduction with God. Should we be looking at developing Para/commando forces with the facillity of local purchase order to suit theatre. A fitness and training program which sees 18months to two years before battle ready.