OK got to point out the obvious to start, as a Corps over the past 5 years or so we have gone through drastic measures with trade amalgamations to save money. The role we play as a Corps is to keep the punch in the Army's fist, for want of better words we fix broke kit. To that end it seems a waste of money to force load Artificer courses and train REME Officer Graduates. Before I get slagged for being a failed tiffy and all the other obvious nonsense, yes you are all right I am not good enough and happy to be turning spanners. I have witnessed DEME (A) slaughter my tiffy for not being in covvies and not working with the boys, his further questioning was to enquire why do the Corps pay so much for the Artificer development if said Artificer was not to put his skills into practise? It led me to think after 14 years, you tiffys have never aided me with your well earned engineering knowledge. It seems that after your 2 years of engineering proficiency you are more intetrested in my outstanding hours for your weekly production conference. In my hour of need (Even my own trade) all you can advise is the valued AESP system. My final point with PAAB straight after Class 1 is, will the day come when we end up with more Artificers then workers? Is the REME copying the NHS in employng more managers than workers? I must apologise for my Artificer rant this post was meant to focus on REME officers. Upon posting to a REME Battalion I did not realise how many REME officers we employ. In my humble opinion I have yet to see the benefit of the REME officer. This is my first posting from a teeth arm unit and to come to a REME Bn is a real eye opener. I am surrounded by young officers too scared to be themselves and Majors who are only intersted in impressing a Colonel for their own future gain. The REME officer has no interest in engineering matters and no advice to give, lets forget about the old adage of being the link pin to the C.O. as he/she will only say what the ASM/relevant CEG has told them to say. The REME officer has one posting to look forward to which is his/her 1st line LAD. The REME officer after that can look forward to their life of boredom at Bn. The only worthwhile task i see for them is the annual confidential reports and the REME officer is found to be lacking at most units! The whole point of this post is that I believe we can keep the customer(The Army) more satisfied by sacking the ghosts posts we continue to employ and fill more skilled posts. For the greater good, would the RLC swallowing the REME and sacrificing our non productive trades benefit our customers?