Picture the scene 10 years hence and ranks above major can be applied for by civvies if they claim to have 'enough management experience' - these posts will be filled with females from HR and sales backgrounds, their first move will be to do away with ranks and rank markings as 'they are not needed in industry so are not needed here' they will then go onto set targets to recruit 'underepresented groups' (women, dissabled and ethnic minorities) whole new empires of (women - because it will fill targets) will be created to organise courses on diversity and 'advise' e.g. police their self set goals and when they arenot reached the bar will be lowered so they can get more cuckoos into the nest. It wont happen I hear you cry - look at he Fire Service, the above has already happened, Officers with 30 plus years experience of command have been sidelined as they dont do 'PC speak' (they can put out fires and deal with any manner of emergency - and is this not what the public pay for and want?) but the service is too busy with tokenism and target chasing to worry about fires etc, bloody nuisance in office life) Strange though is it not that the all wimmin who have cuckood into the nest at high levels in brigades have rushed out and had uniforms - with full (not earned) rank marking on them Coming to a uniformed serice near you soon ! rant ends!