Does the HAC still impose that rule in these benighted Blairite days of the DETAPO? The reason I ask is that all sorts of random bods are presenting themselves at central London units I know (ahem!) having been passed by the DETAPO selection machine and told to go find a unit to sponsor them. They arrive complete with "I'm an officer" airs and graces (and expectations), practically demanding a place despite being at the very start of their big adventure and therefore completely unknown quantities. Going behind the unit's back to be selected as a DETAPO in this way bypasses the usual (reasonably effective) selection system. Some do not realise that this is what they're doing but others plainly do. Sleek and crafty, they know that they are fast-tracking. What they don't realise is that starting out in the ranks would do them good. In short, is it still open to the HAC and other units which face constant proto-Rupert bombardment to say "try us as a private for a couple of years and then we'll see"? Are units OBLIGED to accept DETAPOs who turn up?