Beagle all your points are sound and I agree with, but the problem is not the vocational trademan which you seem to have at your place( lucky you), its the hobbyists with absolutely no qualifications or competence who are in question. Should we continue to employ these individuals.Currently working with a TA unit(f### know for how much longer) I feel that someone has to stand up for the ******* now and again. Unit is a small concern , 5 VM , 1 recce mech, 1 storeman. As for qualifications, most are well ahead of their contemporaries in the corps, one being high up in the vehicle inspection world, 1 having his own very successful garage, the other works for a local hgv repair workshop he is ex reme 1st class vm.these guys are mostly time served and during their training I know for a fact that two of them completed HNC /HND which was the benchmark qualification that Tiffies came off course with when I was serving, although it was a fecking long time ago, so they generally are quitegood at trade, were they ever allowed to do it. I also believe that when they are deployed , most come back with good reports. remember also , there are some real chods in regular units who would have difficulty tieing their laces as well.
Having written this ,I am now going to break my own fingers