I have long been an advocate of a much higher profile for the armed forces. The wearing of uniform in public would go a long way to normalising the image of the forces, some people have a negative view of soldiers because the only images that they see of them is at war.
War fighting is a unique and unpleasant activity and does not reflect the wide range of work that the forces do. Soldiers are real people too and should be allowed to be seen as such.
I have to disagree with Liam Fox on this, he said:
“Of course the commander on the ground must make the final decision but I regret that the circumstances exist where a decision like this had to be made. I think the majority of our public would be appalled to hear there are no-go areas for our Armed Forces, even in their own country.”
In the armed forces commanders follow orders and the only way to ensure that "no go areas" do not exist is to go there and be seen to be going there.