Clearly I misread all those posts laughing at you wearing French wings. I also clearly missed all those posts that you wrote in the 3 months afterwards.Inevitably your "pretty certain", apart from concerning dingerr, is completely wrong.
Moving on, though, and back on topic
I happen to agree with you, but the difference is in our interpretation of the consequences.
In my view the lack of cse places is part of the problem on all levels. Not only are the "jollies" on cses less available, losing a direct "motivator", as are places on career / trade cses, but as a consequence leaders and commanders have far less of a spread of knowledge and experience they can pass on to their peers and subordinates, either as useful "interest" periods or to make their subordinates better all-round soldiers.
Instead, as an indirect consequence, those same leaders and commanders, particularly at a relatively junior level (yours and mine) are left with two options:
You've put your finger very firmly on one of the many reasons for the Army's retention issues. Unfortunately you've completely missed it.
- Beggar the tps about to fill in "spare" time - generally counter-productive.
- Fall them out, which could leave them doing nothing but twiddling their thumbs as (Mon - Thurs) the singlies may not have enough time to do anything othercthan sit staring at the walls - again, generally counter-productive.
Twiddle their thumbs? They don't live in the 1980s anymore, they are playing world of Warcraft, watching Sky, download some hard core porn, Skyping their bird/bloke.