As a follow up to someones post on "ASM tradesman or tarmac technician" (Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 3:44) As the Corps now has 2 tradesmen in the full time role of Sergeant Major (Defence School of Mech knowledge) I thought I would open up the discussion, IMHO, the role of Sergeant Major (while we still have RS/RD in the system) should be filled with RS/RD type people, that is what we employed them for in the first place, they are not tradesmen, we dont waste time and money trying to make them tradesmen, the role of RD/RS is what they do best. So why are we now employing people that we have spent a small fortune on training over his 18-20 ish years (Basic, phase2/3, education etc) in the role of sergeant major. Surely a job for an Artisan, failed tradesman or the like if we must employ non RS? Gents, your thoughts. BM.