Quick debate and if anyone can quote official doctrine supporting your view please do so. Question: For formal mess dinners, how should the seating plan be arranged i.e. who should be seated higher up the table when both people are of same rank. The more substantive senior SSgt (more time served as a staffy) or the higher appointment SSgt (but less time served as a staffy)? I have seen different seating plans over the years and it amuses me that it seems to be down to the PEC's discretion and all the arguments that follow!