Brigadier Richard Dennis, head of the UK Infantry Division, has revealed that the Special Air Services is in the middle of a major recruitment crisis.
The Brigadier admitted that, while there used to be no shortage of recruits keen to become involved in top secret missions, the "well is rapidly drying up".
"The situation is very worrying", Dennis told the press yesterday, "and I don't know how its going to be resolved.
We just can't seem to find anyone interested in undergoing extreme training to lie stock still in the desert for weeks on end with nothing to occupy your time other than making up as many words as possible from the letters S-A-H-A-R-A."
Similarly, there also seemed to be a dearth of people willing to wade through miles and miles of snake infested swamps with nothing but freeze dried marmite to eat.
Strange but true.