As I understand it, a significant number of Infantry RAPs now have a QA Cpl on their peace establishment but that, to date, the QAs have no been able to fill them. I believe that when (if ever) they reach a point close to full manning they will start to fill these posts. As nurses get Cpl rank at the end of training this must mean that a significant number of newly qualified nurses can expect to spend a couple of years with the Infantry. Having worked with the infantry on several occasions, I know how uncomfortable an experience this can be (although I personally enjoyed it!). Are the Junior Rank nurses straight out of training happy to do this? And under Common Conditions Of Service (COTS) they will be paid the same and promoted at the same rate as their RAF and RN colleagues who will be working in fairly comfortable hospital environments and cracking on with gaining experience central to there overall career. I can see the interviews now for two nurses who have been qualified for three years, both want do the ITU course. Navy Nurse: Of course LNN Bloggs you have gained all the relevant experience in the past year working in the ITU and youll probably be promoted to PONN at the end of the course too. Army Nurse: Cpl Smith do you really think those 2 years with the STAFFORDS is relevant experience for an ITU course. I suggest you get a couple of years ward experience under your belt first. Not looking for an argument, but just wondering is there an issue here at all?