Tech promotion is one of the most boring and tedious arguments going now. The reason for early promotion was to increase Tech pay to try and attract people into the trades (or so I've been led to believe). Instead of bleeting about it come up with some better alternatives for paying techs more but not promoting them. I've heard a few schemes in my time but none ever came to fruition (and if you think the £10k payments are working, look at the numbers on recent FofS selection boards!!!)I never heard complaints about Tech promotion when the duties lists were posted. Other trades seemed to be perfectly happy to accept Techs as JNCO's then.
Basically, you cannot pick and choose your occasions to accept / unaccept fast track promotion. Right or wrong (and I actually believe it to be wrong despite my background) it is here and has been for a long time.
Perhaps (and here's a novel idea) you other trades could actually carry out some mentoring to ensure that Techs come up to the mark as JNCO's and don't embarass you and your earned promotions. After all, despite the slagging and banter, we are all on the same side and a Units reputation sinks or swims as a collective all.
At the end of the day, a tech is as much a victim of early promotion as you are of not getting it and who, as a sprog, would actually have the guts to refuse to wear the rank?
If this means that Techs have no experience of life, the Army and their fellow men and have to wear rank that infers they do, then to a certain extent, I agree.They are undoubtedly intelligent and technically competent. But experience of life, the army and their fellow men??
What a load of crap. I don't know which Royal Signals you are in, but the current figure of tech SSM's/RSM's is a lot lower than any other trade.The fact that the majority of SSMs, RQMS, RSMs etc are ex techs just reinforces the argument that the majority of techs are better soldiers than all other trades. If this were not true then they would not be promoted into these positions would they?