Or so says (Col.) John Wilson in the new BAR. What do you chaps think? Here are the relevant points quoted verbatim: "The age profile is not helped by late entry of most officers - average age of officers on joining their first unit is 26+. I shouldn't have to spell this out but in brief the downsides are: â Not close enough in age to the youngest soldiers. â By failing to commit young, the officer corps manifestly demonstrates a lower level of commitment than its soldiers. â Insufficient time to gain experience for the later career stages. â Knock-on effect forces the age of advanced staff training ever upwards. As an example, the idea of the brigade COS as a young staff trained major is now over. Why would you want the Bde COS to be a partially trained operational staff officer who has not yet commanded a sub-unit?" I think Wilson's second bullet point is horse diarrhoea for a variety of reasons, but I'd rather hear from others.