The forum was a valuable tool for JNCO's to see the career options available and take steps towards ahieving that goal.
Cognitio is hardly a substitute.
As for ask the seniors - what a great idea, I wonder why no one has thought of it before? F"ck it - let's just apply that solution for everything.
Do away with the A3 course as well, no more need for defence writing or CLM either cause CR from ARRSE managed to figure it allllllllllll out.
'Ask the seniors'. Genius. You should be Field Marshal someday.
'Sir, what is a T80?'
'Staff, what is IMINT / OSINT / ELINT / EW / HUMINT?'
'Sgt, How do I do ALL of the above?'
'Sir what is the correct use of an apostrophe?'
'Sir, which areas of this report need bold / underlining / italics / spellchecked?'
'Staff, why are you still a staffy after all these years when all your peers are badged??'
Actually ignore the last one... I think I can figure it out by myself.
facking hell, somebody's tired. did mummy take away your Farley's rusks or something?!?!
the principal reason the A2 course got binned was 90% of it was spent re-teaching whining mongs like you the stuff you couldn't remember from your A3.
if you really can't figure out how to apply "ask your seniors" in the real world then maybe you should transfer to the RMP. many, many people have done lots of different things inside and outside the corps, without ever being spoonfed it on a "forum".
but hey, don't let your laziness and lack of initiative get in the way of a good bite.
But I am missing a teddy bear...... sure it landed around the pram wheels somewhere....
Anyway. Plenty of people have accomplished lots of deeds without being 'spoonfed' information but that does not mean the forum is/was not valuable.
If it ever arises again maybe you could be a guest speaker?
You could hand out signed copies of 'How to Make Friends and Influence People', or failing that, throw rusks at members of the audience who have the audacity to ask you a question. If one of the little upstarts persists with his annoying quest for career advice be sure to AGAI the little sh1t for his blatant over enthusiasm. Then regale him with tales about how you used to fly around in Vauxhall Senator chasing spies from SOXMIS and how the Corps is not what it used to be.
Back then you did security inspections of the Brandenburg Gate carrying nothing but shoulder holstered Browning (1 in the chamber) and set of sideburns that would rival Sean Penn from Carlitos Way.
Casually offer the youngester a smoke and then, brushing away the blue tinted haze, your eyes lit only by the glowing embers of the tab, tell him with a menacing growl.
'Brecon Security Section - that's where the action is. Like Hot Fuzz but more guns.'
It does seem to me that there is a sort of contradiction in the single trade - on the one hand, it certainly does give the individual Corps member a far greater selection of things he/she can do - on the other, there are disciplines and specialisations which actually need long-term and high-quality people spending years on doing them in order to become productive, which includes laying the foundations for later expertise by doing related work within that discipline as a junior.
I have no idea what the solution is, but I sense that the balance has still not been properly struck - on the one hand, things are not great for the individual young Corps member who might be keen to do one thing or another, on the other, I detect some feeling that skills have become eroded, either through lack of practice, or, even, to my amazement, by handing them over to another Corps to do.
Perhaps the Directorate should take another long hard look at what the Corps is actually for and think in terms of configuring both the manning plot, the training regime and the deployed Corps organisation to fit. The tempo of the last few years and the constant need to back fill and double hat posts various has no doubt led to a great deal of organisational fatigue and the peculiar way that the Commanding Officers to a great extent find themselves commanding organisations constantly - what, 25%? More? - understrength through operational commitments must also have their effects, not least on the COs and badges who are keen to leave their mark and find that their control over their assets is not 100%.