I've never seen a FET purposefully created to make folk competitive but that's not say it doesn't happen. I have seen COs fight tooth and nail to get on the FET in the first place (see the Parachute Regiment for Op HAVEN, beaten to it by 3 Cdo Bde when it was actually an AMF(L) contingency area). I did a lot of operations and the ones I volunteered for (rather than was directly ordered to deploy on) were because it might be good for my career - 'a bloody war or a sickly season'. I can't see the issue there really.Excellent.
So the FET was set to make people competitive to Blue and Pink.
And we wonder why people are so cynical about the Officer Career ecosystem…
So I think the point was more 'is this guy willing to put himself out there, or is he shirking around the back of the bike sheds because his Mrs will kick off if he volunteers'?