Alright then guys & gals. let me stir up a hornets nest. Rather than include this in the 'new signals trades' thread, it's probably better to start a new one (I've searched and can't see that it's been done before - although there are references galore in other threads). If I was to vote for what some here are referring to as 'god's trade' - in the old days it would have definitely have been RTG mainly because they were Jacks-of-all-trades, some might cruelly say masters of none. They had a grip on all things radio, theoretical and practical. Well versed in the art of procedures. The good ones only called out tech support to borrow their soldering iron. They only needed someone to look at their generators or vehicles when they were really broke or needed servicing. Any 'funny' jobs that the Corps inherited, like some of the stuff at 14 Sigs and NI were generally filled by RTGs. In short, if a deployment was going to take place and we didn't know what was entailed (you'd be surprised at how many times that has happened) then a gaggle of RTGs were sent as they generally had enough background knowledge to make it work. OK, so the restructuring of trades has taken place - who has inherited this mantle? My instincts tell me RS Op because of the above (they are trained in IT and feed IS supervisory trades at present as well). I read plenty by geeks telling me that IS is the way to go. I work in that industry and, hell, it pays the mortgage - but it's not exactly exciting is it? (acid test, if it's that difficult how come you're doing it?). Let the debate begin and may I precurse this by not inviting people who don't have anything constructive, amusing or worthwhile to say.