We think so, yes. The prevailing view in the cavalry (and I'm sure many will challenge this) that a strong mess as a whole is better for combat effectiveness than individually strong officers. In general you want to take the most competent of those who buy-in to the regiments culture.It means you are selecting on social rather than professional criteria. If there was proven operational reasons I could understand this but I’m not convinced there is. Are the products of these messes significantly better? Does precluding married Officers or those who might not favour the formality of the mess produce better leaders? Are the soldiers being best served by the self-selecting cohort that a system like this produces?