It would appear that all the recent AT posts seem to degenerate into the same old thing. A whinge about insufficent pay or lack of recognition; being undermanned and overstretched; the poor standard of new ATs; and so on. (Gen M: yes I know there is a specific "sub-forum" for ATs but part of this is probably applicable to the Corps as a whole) But in all the whinging and moaning no-one seems to be prepared to actually do anything about it. Seems to always be the responsibility of someone else. The future of the trade lies squarely in the hands of every AT. We need to set the standards. For instance when was the last time that an inspecting AT wore No2s to a unit inspection or the inspection of a major unit was conducted by a WO2 or ATO? It used to happen. Further still on inspections. How many ATs are inspecting the units for which they are responsible for? How true a reflection of the state of unit storage does that generate? How many WO/SNCOs take it upon themselves to try and further the experience and knowledge of the ATs under their control? Rather than just doing their job. Not many I'd wager. How many WO/SNCOs actually enforce the regs to maintain standards? Instead of being worried about how popular they are. But, don't forget that the Regs can be used to evoke change as well. For example, next time your leave pass is not authorised because of a lack of manning, or other such reason, ensure that the relevant box is completed and the pass signed and (then) ensure that, in accordance with the Regs, the leave pass is sent to the CO. The Co has to keep all unauthorised or cancelled leave passes until the end of the leave year at which time he must justify, to higher powers, why his soldiers, if it is the case, have been unable to take all their leave. The Basic and Upgrading course set the basic levels to which ATs must aspire. To fail to meet that level means, quite simply, that an individual is not suitable or upto standard. But how many individuals or units take the time to prepare these soldiers for courses? This more especialy relates to those attending Upgrading. Incidently, the AT leadership was designed for those soldiers who were to become JNCOs after a relatively short time in the Army and not those who were already wearing one or two stripes. We (the trade) are responsible for ensuring that the "customer" sees us as assets. We need to be able to demonstrate and maintain our knowlege about every aspect of the job, a readiness to help, and assist, and a high personal and proffessional standard. It is up to you, if you are capable, to set the example. If you feel unsuited to the task then go and become a systems analysist or civvy. Not that I have anything against either.