OK so you get warned off for Ops and you look at all the personnel you need to take (FET) and on the list is a number os specialist training courses required. So you identify who needs trained and then find out that there are no course being run in time for the deployment. OK so the real question is do the people who write the Statement of Training Requirement take into account the needs of the on-going Operations as it would appear that there is a huge mismatch between the timing of courses and Operational deployments. Lets look at two in particular: MIMMS - Required for Operations but the courses are normally so oversubscribed with people who do not and will never need the course that the genuine cases have to beg for places, surely this is the wrong way round, LAND know how many people need this training and could dictate when this training should take place (i.e. in time for the Op tour) and reserve the number of places required for Ops. BARTS - I know this is changing but it has not yet. If they continue to put the requirement for BARTS trained medics on the FET then they should ensure that that training is pre-booked, it is not like we do not know when the Operations change. Just try getting a straight answer out of the Chain of Command about how long the qualification lasts and try and bid for courses that get filled by more personnel who are not deploying on Ops. Maybe these are the sort of reasons I am leaving the service, come on if you are involved in this process think the task through FFS. Rant over!