The Ministry of Defence has, in my opinion, an appalling record in the way it treats service personnel and veterans.
It often fails in its duty of care in a number of ways.
There is also the matter of low morale brought about by unscrupulous battlefield-chasing lawyers and the associated witch-hunts.
Who could blame anyone for not wishing to join an organisation that could facilitate them being unjustifiably hounded years later for doing their duty?
Advertiser readers may recall my dispute with the MoD over my pension for my tours in Afghanistan and Iraq whilst a Reservist.
I am still fighting for what I am owed by the MoD as I believe defence ministers have not addressed the facts of the matter that they have been made aware of.
Of course, the MoD breaking a ratified agreement with apparent impunity is a minor issue when compared to other types of treatment.
By allowing such situations to happen, the Government has betrayed the Armed Forces covenant that is principally about fair treatment and not being disadvantaged by virtue of your service.
Armed Forces personnel do not have a trade union or police-type federation and so rely on the covenant to be treated fairly by the MoD at all times.
Yet it seems all defence ministers care to talk about is how many local authorities and private sector businesses have agreed to sign up to the covenant, along with giving certificates to those that do.
Unfair treatment by the MoD has increasingly become a taboo subject, even though the Government likes to publicly bestow its gratitude for our armed and reserve forces and veterans at every opportunity.
As part of their election campaigns I would like to suggest that all the Newark candidates clarify their party position on the covenant and on the way in which our service personnel and veterans should be treated by the MoD. — MARK ILES, Army veteran, Newark (Full address supplied).