Good morning all. As a firm believer in good research before any story, I thought it may be helpful to some of you if I offer my relevant experience as a tool for anyone that can draw on these experiences. I am a serving medic within the Royal Army Medical Corps in the British Army and have recently returned from a six month operational deployment in Afghanistan. I was attached to a front line infantry unit and lived in austere conditions at an isolated check point. All twenty of us lived in the same small compound. The daily cycle of patrolling, cleaning weapons, trying to dry out uniforms and boots and cooking up rations occupies most of our time and there are few luxuries or distractions. In terms of patrolling we were involved in an ongoing series of Operations aimed at disrupting insurgent activity in our AO (Area of Operations). We regularly came under fire from insurgents using small arms, belt fed machine guns and UGL's (Under Slung Grenade Launchers) We returned fire using shallow trenches on the edges of ploughed fields or irrigation ditches as cover. I also treated a number of traumatic casualties. If I can help, get in touch.