Hello. Like many ARRSErs I am quite interested in military history, and always enjoy reading about miscellany such as thirteen-year old captains who'd had commissions purchased for them in the Peninsula War (etc). Then you read the occasional Torygraph obit of a WW2-era officer who joined the TA in 1935 then quit the army in '46 as a Brigadier, presumably having had a good war (and so on). OTOH, people like my father-in-law, who spent about a hundred and fifty years in the army but who joined after WW2, spent most of their life waiting for Russians and enjoyed less meteoric career progression, CR'ing at Lt. Col or whatever. This brings me onto today's officer corps. Given the considerable level of operational experience young officers have nowadays, are "flyers" more prevalent? Without breaching PERSEC, what are the youngest ages people are hitting middle and senior ranks nowadays, and how do they do it? This sprang to mins when I was at a hotel bar recently and there was a wedding reception going on. At this wedding was a dashing uniformed RE Major, bedecked with more medals than you could shake a stick at. To my jaded mind he looked about twelve. Saying that, he was surrounded by lovely young women, so good luck to you my son (etc). So, are younger people shooting up the ranks or is Col. Collins' rebuke about Seniors more interested in the Rhinedalen horse show a bit off-beam? Cheers V!