Cards on the table first from this callsign - 22 years' Reg service, 14 years in the Mess, having joined at age 22, two Corps, some occasional whiffs of cordite, three stabs at RCB, all deferred. Right decision by the Board, in retrospect. Had a great time, don't regret a thing, would have been an appalling subaltern. Now. During that time, met a number of very good Brit officers and a huge number of less good. Also had the chance to work closely with US Army, BW, Danish, French and Norwegians. Interesting series of contrasts in the respective officer corps. US Army most humourless - generally - but best prepared technically. Danish Army most humane, but also quite "civilian" in many respects. German officers sh*t-hot, a pleasure to work with and for. Questions - we spend less time than just about anyone else training officers at the basic level and then give them far too little exposure to soldiers. We probably underuse Warrant Officers and LEs. Should we look to have fewer, better-trained officers (3-year basic course?) and fill out pl/tp comd slots with WOs/SNCOs? Should a lot of Grade 3 Staff jobs be WO? Does a coy/sqn/bty comd really need to be a Major? Question - is it still a good idea to take people straight off the street and hoik them into the Camberley Amusement Complex? Should we look at a similar system to the Danes or the Germans, with time spent in the ranks and as an NCO a prequal for officer training? This implies 25-28-year old 2Lts... a problem? I'd be really interested to hear some informed views. And no, I'm not a feckin' journalist.