Just to add, the 'official unofficial' status of this forum is endorsed by some rather senior people within Her Majesty's Corps of Royal Marines. The former Captain General even intervened in a subtle but effective manner on a previous occasion when the forum's future was in doubt. Rather decent of the old boy to dictate his reply while driving; hope that he wasn't too distracted. The forum has a good working relationship with the Corps and is identified to Recruits as a source of reliable information by CTCRM. Who'd have thought it, eh? I only discovered this a few months back. So the head-shed is very much aware of the forum and its content and recognises that making it 'official' would place constraints on its content which suggests that sometimes at least the chain of command does actually know what it's doing. As an ex-Percy who is politely tolerated here I've been mightily impressed over the past years by the overall balance of content. The Trained Ranks who patiently contribute do so in a manner that exemplifies the notion that a Royal Marine is indeed the 'thinking man's soldier'.