It wasn't a fly, nor a dig.Ok I'll bite..
I'm a ling time gone, and yes, I'm ex-Cav. In my regiment individuals who were not tank-park officers did not progress. Which meant understanding issued kit and it's components intimately because the reality was you bend it, you mend it. I fear that WFM may have destroyed this, thereby detaching generalists from practical experience.
Yes, technical stovepipes exist for good reason, but they may be tad (rank) too long. Which means that whoever is proficient enough to get to the top of their stovepipe by 48 needs to be increasingly rewarded to be there, at least until the moment that the next equally proficient expert comes along.
I would expand, bu t excess claret not boosting typing skills. However, I suspect we're singing off the same hymn sheet.....