Hence my use of “dead wood”. I know there are some fantastic SO2 and 1 out there, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some.The SO2 jobs need to be done. Many of the people who do them are very good at them.
You could go down the route if making them FTRS or civilianising them but then you run into problems of deployability.
But unfortunately there is a cohort of them that haven’t seen RD for 15 years and are simply taking a wage and a very generous, and un-warranted allowance, which IMHO is not what the spirit of the allowance was set up for.