Residual Service A soldier can no longer be promoted in their last two years of service - fact. Does this mean they are avoiding tours, exercises, failing to deliver the required standard of education and enforcement of the standards within the Sergeants' Mess; because all they are interested in is going home at lunchtime on a Friday (weekend functions in most Messes are a thing of past because of the over 37 package); and looking after themselves. Are we getting value for money? Should we stop promoting people on their last look and reach through to those with legs to promote again? Let battle commence.