... What a pathetic attack on our lives, slashing allowances and sacking sergeant majors so close to receiving a full pension they have earnt through blood, sweat and tears. That's more than you can say of the politicians.

The British Army has no voice at grass-roots level. We have no union. There will be no strikes. No riots. Certainly no fire extinguishers thrown off buildings. We are just an easy target, and the Government knows it. We will carry on patrolling Helmand. We will carry on getting shot at. The Government will carry on selling us out.

We've always been praised for our gallows humour. We will carry on laughing in the face of death, whether that comes from government cuts or IEDs.