Speaking as one who was involuntarily re-traded at my 5 year point, as a 2 year LCpl, I suffered the pain of being shoved right back to the bottom of the pile in promotion terms, as I had to start again as a class 3. Because of the way my new trade worked I lost all promotional grades as the highest ones went to the class 1 LCpl's. It wasn't until my 9 year point when I was a class 1 lance jack that I was getting promotional grades again, but was told that it was tough luck because I was now being passed over for younger and equally qualified jnco's. During my time I (along with probably most here) have encountered and met nco's pulling 'O' and 'A' grades repeatedly passed over until they are told they are to old to be promoted. The question which has always puzzled me is that is this A. Bad luck. B. A really poor career structure run by the army. Any thoughts from anyone else who has encountered the same?