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Driver Trade Selections - WO1 Promotion Board

#1
First of all, congratulations to those selected on the WO1 Board today! :D
Secondly, it is interesting to see that four quality individuals (all of whom I know personally) have been selected on the Driver Role to be appointed Master Driver's. :cry:
Every one of those individuals would make a superb Regimental Sergeant Major and probably expected that job, rather than a MD selection.
I find it ironic that not a single serving WO2 Master Driver in post has selected WO1. Is the quality not there? They didn't score high enough, simple as that.
At long last, MCM Div have finally gone for quality soldiers from the Merit List rather than those qualified! :)

Good luck to them all on the MD Course in the Spring of 2008!

I am looking forward to being considered for a BCWO appointment after I get these coveralls off!! :oops:
 
#3
Sorry, got to disagree with you there. I cannot believe they will promote Sgt Maj who have no experience in an MD role to advise Bde MD's! This is a specialist area and only experience gained in the post can put you in a position to earn the respect as a subject matter expert, particualrly when working at Div level. Having seen the board, there are individuals selected for MD who I certainly don't feel have been promoted on their merit! I've seen how hard MDs work and the accountability and responsibilty they have, not to mention the high level of service writing they must attain. A hell of a lot more than that of a Sgt Maj. This is yet again the army's way of demotivating and demoralising the Senior ranks. Well done, the RLC!
 
#5
2nd to that. Not taking away congratulations from the guys who have been selected, they will find it hard to advise MDs who are in post and have been so for a few years with operational and peace time experience.

The promotion on the MD role from outside should be from SSgt to WO2, not above IMHO.
 
#6
Master Drivers!!!!

Just how hard can it be to press 3 pedals and turn wheel whilst recognising a few traffic signs?

On the positive side they make super families officer once commisioned!
 
#7
paragorge said:
Master Drivers!!!!

Just how hard can it be to press 3 pedals and turn wheel whilst recognising a few traffic signs?
On the positive side they make super families officer once commisioned!
Fairly difficult judging by the debris on the road and the sudden recent appearance of various holes in hedges, barriers and buildings around here!

But I exclude MDs from any such accusations, of course!

Litotes
 
#9
I know a lot of quality Master Drivers and more so the one just recently that was killed. Thanks for your comments, he was expecting to pick up on that board. RSM or MD does it matter, in this day and age!!! we all get screwed in the end, one way or another!!! Congratulations to those on the board. RIP Stevie Goldsmith. The RLC lost a top class Master Driver and a great friend to all that knew him.
 
#10
With selection now being done on "merit", will this be the end of WO2 MDs getting promoted, as the SSMs will be the ones scoring higher points on the boards. I only ask this because I know of some MDs out there who have worked some quality time and not picked up. I can understand selecting and promoting SSgt to WO2 on merit, thus stopping the crappy Staffy getting through, however WO2 to WO1 without having served through the "chain" is as SC stated...cuckoo!!!
 
#13
dingerr said:
Baggy,

Can you define what you mean by 'selected on merit'.

Bit confused, how were they selected before - lucky dip?
It's no secret that some MDs were promoting only because they were the only ones trained, even very low scoring ones, thus unfair to other very good high quality Dvrs who scored considerably above them.
 
#16
Well Done all those selected!!!!
Master Drivers have been getting a lot of bad press over the past few years due to the common knowledge that individuals (not all) are selected from below the promotion line (not quality line). Well Done MCM for stopping the rot!!!!

However, this may now fire a rocket up some SNCO's and WO's that you better keep your hand in with your primary trade, because Glasgow may serve you up a Steaming Sihte Sandwich which you are not expecting!!!

I feel sorry for the 4 Selected SMD's. I talk from experience when I say that on Day 1 Week 1 in a Divisional Headquarters and when the GOC demands an accurate answer in minutes few - "I dont know Sir" wont be the reponse he will be expecting nor tollerate.

But I'm sure all the WO3's they used to slate, and now lead, will be queuing up to help you through your first difficult 6-months!!!! Or maybe not!!!!

Hope your service writing is on the ball, MT Knowledge, DDE Qualification - After all, you will be check testing DDE's with years of experience and I can go on and on!!! If you have any failings, they will be publicly exposed within a Divisional Headquarters

I honestly wish each and everyone of you well - Good Luck coz your going to need it.

In principle I totally agree with this strong manner of selection. Why should some inadequate SNCO's get a fast track to WO1 just because the MD Role can not attract enough quality candidates to fill the slots - But maybe we should have started this knee jerk policy at SSgt level for new Bde/Gar MD's and not at the Staff Master Driver level. If these guys dont get it right quickly, they may blow their commissioning chances. An RSM has to please one man, the CO. The MD has to please and inpress many, and a lot higher than Lt Col.

This may be the shake up we all needed. MD's for beinng complacent and Driver Trade Warriors who thought there Trade was a thing of the past.

God Rest You Steve Goldsmith!!!!!! :cry:
 

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