I have to admit, Iâm getting steadily more and more threaders with the job. Donât get me wrong, I love being an officer. I joined to command soldiers and itâs been one of the most rewarding things in my life. But more and more of my old Pl from Sandhurst have seen the light and are leaving at an alarming rate now, and not just those who youâd expect to go (you know the type). Iâm talking about Sword of Honour winners, and officers that hold bravery awards for their leadership in Iraq and Afghanistan, who could go all the way to the top jobs. I get the feeling that after six years of us being in Iraq and Afghanistan, more and more officers are joining to lead soldiers at Pl level and want to fight. No one tells you that after two years (and in some Battalions, even less) that youâll be shunted into a Coy 2ic job and a succession of low grade Staff appointments, shuffling paperwork that matter not a jot to the winning of the war. Unsurprisingly, people soon leave. Christ, I can work just as hard in a similar office for twice the money in the City. Why is the MCM Div way the only acceptable way? Why canât I forego a Staff job and stay with my Pl another year or two? Everyone slates Y.O.âs for being clueless, but thatâs not surprising as weâre only allowed literally months in the Pl Comds job. Can you imagine how much better weâd be if we were allowed to stay longer and learn more about the system and the men weâre trying to do our very best for? Iâm tired of seeing the goalposts move time and time again for MK1 and MK2 (latest revision as of today). Iâm fed up of trying to find a mentor who is willing to learn the MK package himself so he can give me quality advice. No one has the time to put themselves through all those constantly moving hoops â not the students, not the mentors. And if weâre really trying to encourage initiative and mission command, why are we learning things parrot fashion? Of course weâve got to do it â itâs cheaper than a residential course. Iâm bored of filling out H&S Risk Assessments, EASPs and RASPs for every little thing my sub-Unit does. Surely, they must all have been done before by now, for every Regiment in the British Army. Canât there just be a big file of them somewhere in LAND? Iâm frustrated by the fact that I now have to complete all of my soldiers SJARs on JPA and thereâs only two DII terminals in the sub-Unit, which makes report time interesting, to say the least. Iâm annoyed at the system for allowing the scandal which is PAYD ruin my beloved Mess, and the other Messes. If I want to pay for a meal, Iâll go to a restaurant. If I want to eat with my brother officers, I want to come into a full mess, not somewhere that has driven people away with stupid prices and sloppy service. Iâve tried to make it as good as I can for the lads. But I really think the system needs a good shake. Weâre loosing great officers due to inflexible career profiles that work great for peacetime but badly right now, and badly implemented plans that seem to put profit before our fighting power. No wonder Iâm threadersâ¦.