It was inevitable that it would happen with the recent changes to REME policy in respect of promotion. I think it has been argued to death on whether it was right or wrong, and no amount of complaining will change it. Lets just say with the introduction of VENG that the new rules were inevitable (FACT) the timing and how the world found out (rumours at first then a leaked letter oh and after the WO1 board as there would not have been enough otherwise) was the worst bit. But what's done is done and it's not going to change. The point I am getting at is I think if we are all honest (plus there were a few ok a lot of rumours) we knew that the only possible solutions to the shortfall in WO2's was to: 1 - Hold another sweeper type board at a later stage. 2 - Place people into acting slots where required and hope to god that there were a few people eligible next year. Well option 1 was never going to happen as that would be like admitting it was all a big mistake with no forethought into the possible aftermath!! However in the long run it would have probably have been the best option with a strap line released from either MCM / DEME A or even both, maybe "needs of the Corps" would have been a good one. Which leaves us with option 2 which is an obvious quick fix and I suppose also makes a great deal of sense, happy with the logic!!! HOWEVER there are a few things I believe need clearing up about this option to stop both the young and the old amongst us from getting the wrong idea: 1 - There was NO sweeper board!! 2 - It is ACTING rank (these people still have to come off next years board) 3 - It is NOT on merit!! People whos posting time has come up are the ones to get it. By looking at the above, a few may get the idea that I am bitter and twisted but you would be wrong as with the amount of time I have remaining, none of this will ever affect me. My bug bear is, that on a recent exercise (one of my last!!) I had the pleasure to meet 3 of the above mentioned fortunate persons and those which they command. One was known to me and the other two were not. One of these individuals was straight down the line and a good lad who openly admitted he was shocked to get the opertunity and a lucky git! the other two decided to tell their juniors that they had picked up on a sweeper and fully deserved it. Hate to burst your bubbles boys!!! Take a long hard look and be honest with yourselves, MERIT!!! Extremely doubtful I'm affraid!! If it makes you feel better to convince yourselves that this is the case then so be it. I appologise in advance to any of the readers that have been given this opertunity that are deserving and would have without a doubt been selected for promotion had the rules not been changed, I am sure you will be successful on Jans board. But to those select few that are obviously deluding themselves, good luck on the board and remember you still need to be selected, there was no sweeper and pretty sure you have some of the crappy posting that no-one in their right mind wanted. Rant over!!