Recently within my squadron, alot of blokes have chosen to sign off, or otherwise had their careers 'stifled' by the fact that RE MCM div decides that they cannot hold a field appointment ie field section commander based on their trade. One example is a CMT L/Cpl, with about 6 years experience, being denied his B1 due to the fact that 'he doesn't need it for promotion'. This has led to an embarrasing situation in that he is in a field troop, knows how to do tasks only a b1 can technically do ie change blades on a makita saw etc, but isn't allowed to as he is only qualified to b2. He's now signed off because of this. another situation is a fitter hvac in my troop who has to do his JCC's in order to go clk-of-wks, even though he was told by the RCMO that he'll never hold a field section commander appointment due to his trade, and feels hes in a bit of a backwater career-wise unless he goes clk of wks. anyone else with similar experiences? anyone able to clarify what the actual rules are? are there any ways around it? reason I ask is as a surveyor, I'm happy to do my a1, but would like to continue in the combat stream rather than get trade posted ie chilwell for the rest of my career. my troopy doesn't seem to know much about it, hence why I'm asking on here first before trying to speak to anyone else in the chain of command.