I have noticed over the past few years and probably then some, our Corps, of which I used to be rightly proud, is going very quickly to the dogs. The standard of recruited personel is of such a low standard I now spend my day sorting out admin problems and people crying as "this was not what I was told at Bordon". If neither of these I am sorting out fighting at weekends and "I don't want to be a VM, it's s**t" after 5 months of leaving SEME. Each week we try to inspire even just a little bit of passion about their chosen trade just to have it thrown back at you as they don't want to be there. There was once a time where you had one nightmare in a section but you knew he had the character to become a good tradesman. It now feels you have one good tradesman per section. Now because we have such a shortfall in L/cpl's and Cpl's we are going to promote them to try and keep them interested. I'm sorry but in the long run we will lose out, as even now we have some Cpl's (not all, before I get my head bit off) that can't answer and can't deal with questions on their trade and hide out the way so as not to be put in that situation. Our unit has now been selected to provide for 5 tours over 2 years (each Sqn having separate tours) including the sham of Public Duties in the UK. To cope with the fact that we cannot supply the manning for these tours we are giving people acting ranks of nearly two up?. OMG are we in this bad a state. On recently approaching Comd ES reference this very subject I was told not to worry as we have lots of class 1's coming out of SEME who WILL! pass. Read into this what you may but is this really the future of our Corps and if so are you happy with it?. I know this is a bit of a rant and a lot of people will disagree but this is my view. I will sit back and wait for the "If you don't like it get out" people to address this. I have 4 yrs left and it seems a shame as I feel this was and could still be Corps to be proud of and not just get by because of recruiting figures. Apologies for the spelling.